From November 19, 2009 DHS News Release: “Secretary Napolitano, ICE Assistant Secretary Morton and USCIS Director Mayorkas Announce New Campaign to Recognize Employers Committed to Maintaining a Legal Workforce”
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today was joined by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas to announce the new “I E-Verify” campaign to recognize the approximately 170,000 businesses nationwide that seek to maintain legal workforces by using E-Verify — DHS’ online system to verify employment eligibility of new hires.
The “I E-Verify” campaign highlights employers’ commitment to working with DHS to maintain a legal workforce and reduce the use of fraudulent identity documents through enrollment in the modern and effective E-Verify system.
“E-Verify is a smart, simple and effective tool that reflects our continued commitment to working with employers to maintain a legal workforce,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The ‘I E-Verify’ program will let consumers know which businesses are working hard to follow the law and are committed to protecting employment opportunities.”
“Employment verification is not just good business, it’s the law,” said ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton. “The main reason people enter the United States illegally is the opportunity to work. The public can and should choose to reward companies who follow the law and employ a legal workforce.”
“USCIS, in partnership with ICE, is providing tools to companies and engaging with them to help ensure the employment of a legal workforce, a key component of responsible corporate citizenship,” said Director Mayorkas.
Today’s announcement came at the “2009 Government and Employers: Working Together to Ensure a Legal Workforce” symposium, hosted by ICE and USCIS, where Secretary Napolitano urged businesses to enroll in E-Verify and praised the numerous employers in attendance who are already participating.
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