A special report in The Miami Herald, “Employers: Get ready for E-Verify,” advises employers to start preparing for new immigration enforcement policies under the Obama administration, which include making E-Verify – the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) voluntary Internet-based employment verification system – mandatory for all employers in the United States.

The E-Verify program is quickly gaining popularity among legislators, according to the Miami Herald, and an improved version of E-Verify is likely to become mandatory for all employers since Congress has provided $5.4 billion to fund DHS’s employment verification activities in the 2010 appropriations bill.

Run by the DHS’s U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), E-Verify offers a glimpse into the future of immigration, the Miami Herald reports, and newly appointed head of USCIS Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters in September that the agency was preparing for the day when E-Verify becomes mandatory for all employers.

The report in the Miami Herald concludes that “with Congress having already invested significant time and resources to improve E-Verify, employers should expect that E-Verify, or some form thereof, will become mandatory in the near future, and they should start preparing now.”

A designated E-Verify service agent, I-9Compliance.com — a member of the Pre-Employ.com Family of Companies — is pre-integrated with DHS’s E-Verify system and offers employers with a paperless, web-based I-9 Form/E-Verify solution. For more information, view a complimentary on demand webinar “E-Verify & Federal Contractors: Know The Facts” at www.i-9compliance.com/Webinars, visit www.i-9compliance.com, email info@i-9compliance.com, or call 1-800-300-1821.

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