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Why Can’t We Have E Verify?

March 10, 2009

E-Verify Growing Rapidly
Program to Screen Illegal Workers Up 442% from 2007;
1 in 8 New Hires Checked Last Year

WASHINGTON (March 8, 2009) – The E-Verify program will shut down thus week, unless it is reauthorized by Congress. The free, online system run by the Department of Homeland Security enables employers to check that new hires are indeed eligible to work in the United States, rather than relying only on easily forged paper documents.

To help inform the debate over this program, the Center for Immigration Studies has released new data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (online at http://cis.org/node/1087 ) that shows online employer queries of the system are already approaching 3 million so far this year, nearly half the 6.6 million queries for all of 2008, which was itself more than double the use of the system in 2007. If the usage for 2009 continues at the same rate, the number of employer queries for this year will be 442% greater than in 2007.

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