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06-05-2007: E-Verify:  It's Free!  Why doesn't everyone use it?
     With the recent issue of the Day labor site, I wonder why everyone does not use E-verify?  It is an extension of the I-9 form and it has been around as a program in one form or another for about 10 years "E-Verify is a re-branding of its predecessor, the Basic Pilot/Employment Eligibility Verification Program, which has been in existence since 1997."  It seems to me that an employer would use this to show "Due Diligence" which is the purpose of the I-9 form.

     I know that it has some strange requirements but I am sure that you can blame that on the opposition to the program.

 - John Gorena

What is E-Verify?  

You can Google "What is E-Verify"; and get a bunch of links.

Here are two places that are really the official sites and they basically end up pointing to the same place.

  • From the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at:  www.uscis.gov/e-verify
    • E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.
    • E-Verify is free and voluntary and is the best means available for determining employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security Numbers.
  • From the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website at:  www.dhs.gov/ximgtn/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm
    • E-Verify (formerly the Basic Pilot/Employment Eligibility Verification Program) is an online system operated jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration (SSA). Participating employers can check the work status of new hires online by comparing information from an employee's I-9 form against SSA and Department of Homeland Security databases. More than 87,000 employers are enrolled in the program, with over 6.5 million queries run so far in fiscal year 2008.
           E-Verify is free and voluntary, and is the best means available for determining employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

Why use E-Verify?

  • From the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)website:
    •      E-Verify is a free Internet-based system that allows employers to confirm the legal working status of new hires in seconds. With one click, E-Verify can match your new hire's Social Security Number and other I-9 form information.
           E-Verify reduces unauthorized employment, minimizes verification-related discrimination, is quick and non-burdensome to employers, and protects civil liberties and employee privacy.
           Initial verification returns results within 3 to 5 seconds.  Employers ran nearly 2 million employment eligibility verification queries in Fiscal Year 2006.
           The top industries using E-Verify include food services and drinking places, administrative and support services, professional and technical services, other information services, and clothing and accessories stores.

Who is using E-Verify? (added to this page on 06-05-2009)

  • Less than 2 percent of the 7.4 million employers in the U.S. participate in federal government's E-Verify program, which lets them check if employees are authorized to work in the U.S. legally. Search to find out who is taking part in Texas and across the nation(hint: just type the city and choose the state for those in your area).
  • One of the best examples of a City using E-Verify is Mission Viejo, California.  For more click here...
    • Mission Viejo Rule of Law Resolution and Research Paper
       - By guest contributor,  Steve Serra, Mission Viejo, California, missionviejoruleoflawresolution@aol.com.
          The Mission Viejo City Council’s Rule of Law Resolution, adopted in October 2012, sets forth the rule of law principles upon which our nation was founded, criticizes the Executive Branch of the federal government for neglecting its constitutional duty to enforce all of the laws enacted by Congress, shows why granting mass amnesty to illegal immigrants contradicts our nation’s rule of law principles, explains why the truly compassionate solution to the illegal immigration problem is to abide by rule of law principles and enforce the law rather than reward lawbreakers and degrade the law, and defends E-Verify against assertions made by the California Legislature when it banned local government E-Verify requirements. The Research Paper supports the Resolution using quotations from American statesmen and scholars. These documents reflect a great deal of original research on American legal and political principles that is probably not available in any other single place. We can use these documents both to educate ourselves and to speak for us. Those who want to uphold our nation’s rule of law tradition are encouraged to provide these documents to their elected representatives and to others who would be willing to help defend our nation’s core principles.

How to use E-verify This simple E-Verify Demonstration Video should answer all your questions.  E-Verify is fast, free, and easy. The video is a demonstration of using E-Verify to run a query on a U.S. citizen who presented an unexpired U.S. passport with his I-9 Form.

E-Verify Legislative Summary:  (Updated 12-29-2012) - Examples of Federal, State, and Local level Bills and ordinances - Click here for chart.

08-24-2007: Bush gets bashed for hiring illegal aliens

     As I was reading this article below, I realized that we had the same problem here in Lewisville.  I do believe the City of Lewisville does background checks on Employees but a phone call confirmed that this does not apply to subcontractors.  I think we should require it in our Requests for Proposals (RFPs). 
     I think we are indirectly hiring illegal aliens.   For Example, I recently stopped by one of the street repair crews that seemed to be arbitrarily tearing up the street.  I could not figure out what they were doing so I stopped and asked one of the workers.  The funny thing was that he did not speak English.  He acted nervous and flagged a coworker operating the Backhoe and he barely spoke English. We ended up speaking in Spanish.  He informed me that they were contracted to fix the street.   I drove by earlier in the week and I did not see anything wrong with it.  I never did get a good answer.
     As I drove away, I was thinking...  I really do not know if any of these workers were illegal aliens.  I do suspect that the first guy was for sure and maybe the backhoe driver too.  But,  what if he backed up too far and ran into a car driving by and, for example, kills someone in the car???   Will the lawyer just go after the contractor or will they go after the City too?  After all, who really hired them?  By the way, shouldn't tax payer dollars go to pay for legal citizens to do work?  Oh well, another topic for another day...  - John Gorena

  •  Article published Aug 23, 2007   Bush hit over jobs for illegal workers, By Stephen Dinan - If President Bush is serious about getting tough on U.S. employers who hire illegal aliens, he can start with his own administration...  See the PDF file.

06-09-2008 Good News!   Federal contractors must 'E-Verify' employees' eligibility to work.   Executive Order 13465 - Amending Executive Order 12989, as Amended June 6, 2008.

Press release: 
From the Department of Homeland Security... http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1213039922523.shtm

Release Date: June 9, 2008

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

The Department of Homeland Security today designated E-Verify, operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in partnership with the Social Security Administration, as the electronic employment eligibility verification system that all federal contractors must use as required by Executive Order 12989, as amended. E-Verify is a free Internet-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the legal status of new hires within seconds.

"A large part of our success in enforcing the nation's immigration laws hinges on equipping employers with the tools to determine quickly and effectively if a worker is legal or illegal," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "E-Verify is a proven tool that helps employers immediately verify the legal working status for all new hires."

President George W. Bush has amended Executive Order 12989 in order to direct all federal departments and agencies to require contractors, as a condition of each future federal contract, to agree to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system – designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security – to verify the employment eligibility of all persons hired during the contract term and all persons performing work within the United States on the federal contract.

In response to this Executive Order, Secretary Michael Chertoff today designated E-Verify as the system of choice to ensure that the federal government only does business with companies that agree to verify the legality of their new hires and further, that the specific employees tapped to perform contract services in the United States for the federal government are authorized to work in this country. Federal departments and agencies within the executive branch are already enrolling with E-Verify to check the status of all new hires within the federal workforce. Agencies responsible for federal acquisition regulations (FAR) will send a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to the Federal Register today soliciting public comment on proposed changes to these regulations. Comments will be accepted for 60 days.

More than 69,000 employers currently rely on E-Verify to determine that their new hires are authorized to work in the United States. Employers have run more than 4 million employment verification queries so far in fiscal year 2008. Of those queries, 99.5 percent of qualified employees are cleared automatically by E-Verify.

To view the Executive Orders,



  • Article: Bush issues an executive order requiring companies to use an electronic verification system that is linked to the Social Security database. Critics have pointed to a 4.1% error rate in the database.
     - By Nicole Gaouette, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer 10:16 AM PDT, June 9, 2008

    WASHINGTON -- President Bush issued an executive order today requiring all federal contractors to use an electronic verification system to ensure their workers can legally work in the United States.
         The move is the latest step by the administration to ratchet up enforcement of immigration laws by using tough measures, including a series of high-profile raids on work sites and factories across the country.
  • Article:  Bush orders contractors to check legal status of employees By SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer
    See the PDF file...

05-29-2009:  Mandatory E-Verify for Federal Contractors Delayed Again, released on Friday, April 17, 2009, 11:20 AM
Source:  www.NumbersUSA.com

     The effective date for the mandatory use of E-Verify by federal contractors and subcontractors has been delayed again. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who administers the system with Homeland Security, announced that the date has been pushed back to June 30, 2009.
     Former President Bush first signed an executive order in November 2008, requiring companies that have contracts with the federal government to run new employees through E-Verify. It was originally set to go into effect on Jan. 19, but he agreed to delay the effective date to Feb. 20, pending the outcome of a lawsuit.
     The Obama Administration delayed the effective date for a second time at the end of January, moving the date to May 21. Today's order extends that delay for another six weeks to June 30, 2009.

06-01-2009:  ARTICLE: More companies use immigration database...  read the PDF version.

07-20-2009:  Federal Contractor rule delayed until September 8, 2009
     The effective date of the final rule requiring certain federal contractors and subcontractors to use E-Verify has been delayed until September 8, 2009.
     The rule will only affect federal contractors who are awarded a new contract after September 8, 2009 that includes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify clause (73 FR 67704).
     Federal contractors may NOT use E-Verify to verify current employees until the rule becomes effective and they are awarded a contract that includes the FAR E-Verify Clause.
     The new rule implements Executive Order 12989, as amended by President George W. Bush on June 6, 2008, directing federal agencies to require that federal contractors agree to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their employees. The amended Executive Order reinforces the policy, first announced in 1996, that the federal government does business with companies that have a legal workforce. This new rule requires federal contractors to agree, through language inserted into their federal contracts, to use E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all persons hired during a contract term, and to confirm the employment eligibility of federal contractors’ current employees who perform contract services for the federal government within the United States. You can read frequently asked questions about this new rule in the link below.
     Source:  U.S. Department of Homeland Security

09-08-2009:  E-Verify for Federal Contracts goes into effect today!

This should be interpreted to apply to any contract that is funded with federal grant money.  Therefore, cities that are spending federal money on projects should require contractors to comply with the provisions of the Buy American Act, the E-Verify Federal Contractor Rule, and all ARRA Job Reporting Requirements.

09-01-2010:  E-Verify video links & more

04-24-2011: DHS Launches E-Verify “Self-Check”
Advocates for illegal aliens have long argued against making the use of E-Verify mandatory for employers in the United States on the grounds that a tiny percentage of eligible workers are incorrectly identified as being ineligible to work. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has now launched a new program that will undermine even that transparent argument against the expansion of E-Verify.  Read the article...

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