recent story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reveals that nearly 3,000 Georgia employers – public and private – currently use the E-Verify employment verification system to make sure their companies do not hire people who cannot legally work in the United States. Georgia ranks fourth in the nation in employers who have signed up to use E-Verify behind Arizona, California, and Colorado.

The E-Verify system gives employers instant online verification that a worker’s name, Social Security number, and green card number match government’s records. If there is a mismatch, employees have the chance to fix the paperwork. If the employees can’t fix it, employers are supposed to fire them.

Last summer, a law (The Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act) went into effect that cracked down on illegal immigration and required all public employers to use E-Verify. In addition, all private employers working on public contracts had to run their new hires through the E-Verify system.

Georgia employers have run 120,287 inquiries since October 2008, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which administers the program.

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