According to figures recently released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), E-Verify is now being used to determine work eligibility for one out of every four new hires nationwide. This increase has occurred even though the E-Verify program remains voluntary at the federal level and only 12 states require its use in some manner by employers.
In 2007, E-Verify was used to screen 1 in 19 new hires nationwide. The new figures will represent an increase of 274 percent if usage remains steady for the remainder of this year. The number of queries so far in 2009 is approximately 6 million, twice the amount for all of 2007. If the current rate of use continues, E-Verify will be queried nearly 12.3 million times this year.
E-Verify is currently being used at 511,228 worksites – up from the 400,000 reported by the DHS in January 2009 – and a total of 134,702 employers have signed up to use the program.
E-Verify enables efficient, accurate, and inexpensive compliance with the federal ban on hiring illegal aliens, and more than 96 percent of all queries are automatically verified as employment-authorized in seconds.
The report containing these figures can be found at http://cis.org/Testimony/E-Verify-ChallengesAndOpportunities.
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