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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Issues 1,000 I-9 Inspection Notices to Employers in June 2011

As reported in the Wall Street Journal article “More ‘Silent Raids’ Over Immigration,” the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the principal investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – has issued 1,000 new I-9 inspection notices in June 2011 to companies in all 50 United States as part of the government’s “quiet immigration raid” policy to crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants. This new round of I-9 inspections brings the number of companies audited by ICE in the fiscal year that began October 1, 2010 to 2,338, topping the previous year’s record of 2,196. Continue reading

Legal Workforce Act of 2011 Would Make Use of E-Verify Mandatory for All US Employers

The ‘Legal Workforce Act of 2011’ (H.R. 2164) recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would make use of the federal government’s E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system mandatory for all employers in the United States in order to help ensure that all newly hired employees are legally eligible to work in the country, according to a press release issued by the bill’s chief sponsor, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Continue reading

US Citizenship and Immigration Services Deploys E-Verify Enhancements for June 2011

In the ongoing effort to improve the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has deployed several enhancements to the E-Verify system beginning June 12, 2011. The existing E-Verify user IDs and passwords will still be valid and all cases will be available when users log in. The first time E-Verify users log in on or after June 12, 2011, they will be required to take a short tutorial to learn about the changes to the E-Verify system. To learn more, click here. Continue reading

New Alabama Law Requires Employers to Use E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System

A new law in Alabama signed by Republican Governor Robert Bentley would require employers to use the now-voluntary federal employment eligibility verification system known as E-Verify to ensure that newly hired employees are legally eligible to work in the United States and would also authorize the revocation of business licenses for companies that employ illegal workers. All Alabama employers, both public and private, must begin using E-Verify when hiring new employees no later than April 2012. Continue reading

US Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Mandatory E-Verify Law in Arizona

In a 5-to-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can punish employers who violate mandatory E-Verify laws by upholding a 2007 Arizona law that requires employers to enroll in the voluntary federal E-Verify program which checks the legal status of workers by comparing information on their Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9s against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) databases, according to a report on the National Journal website. Continue reading

Louisiana and Pennsylvania Senates Pass Bills Requiring State Contractors to Use E-Verify

The State Senates of Louisiana and Pennsylvania have overwhelmingly passed legislation – Louisiana Senate Bill 66 and Pennsylvania Senate Bill 637 – that would require state contractors to use the government’s E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system to verify that the workers they hire are legally eligible to work in the United States. Both bills now head to the Houses in their respective states for consideration. Continue reading

Tennessee Lawful Employment Act Requiring E-Verify Use by Employers Passes House

Amended with a provision that allows businesses to use a driver’s license as proof the employee is legally eligible to work in the United States, the ‘Tennessee Lawful Employment Act’ (SB 1669 – HB 1378) – a bill that would make employers check new hires using the government’s E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system – passed easily in the House and the bill will be taken up by the Senate at any time, the WPLN Nashville (TN) Public Radio website reported. Continue reading

Georgia Governor Signs Immigration Enforcement Law Requiring Use of E-Verify for Employment Eligibility Verification

Joining the growing list of states mandating the use of the government’s E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system for private companies, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law a stringent immigration bill – ‘HB 87 – The ‘Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011’ – that requires private employers in the state with more than 10 employees to check the immigration status of new hires using E-Verify, according to a press release from the Governor’s office. Continue reading

US Citizenship and Immigration Services Launches I-9 Central Online Resource Center for Form I-9 Guidance

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched “I-9 Central”http://www.uscis.gov/I-9Central – a free online resource center dedicated to the most frequently accessed form on the USCIS.gov website: the Form I-9, Employee Eligibility Verification. I-9 Central will give both employers and employees access to resources, tips, and guidance on how to properly complete the Form I-9 and better understand the Form I-9 process, the USCIS announced in a press release. Continue reading

USCIS Issues Final Rule on Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 Process to be Effective May 16

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a final rule that adopts the interim rule in effect since April 3, 2009 that improved the integrity of the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process by changing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations governing the acceptable documents for completing the Form I-9 process. The final rule will be effective on May 16, 2011. Continue reading