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Feds to require contractors to use E-Verify

Posted By Tom Jackson On July 9, 2009 @ 10:10 am In Construction News | No Comments

The Obama administration announced yesterday that contractors doing business with the federal government will be required to use the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s E-Verify system [1]to check the immigration status of workers.

E-Verify is a system established by the Bush administration. It protects American jobs, can help keep ICE off your back and is free and easy to use. Many large construction companies, particularly in California and the Southwest have been using E-verify voluntarily for several years. But the National Chamber of Commerce and immigrant advocacy groups have successfully thwarted such proposals [2]in the past, saying the database is full of errors that could cost legal immigrants their jobs.

If you want to get a jump on the gun, the instructions for using E-verify can be found here [3].


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[1] E-Verify system : http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/09/us/politics/09immig.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=e-verify&st=cse

[2] successfully thwarted such proposals : http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2009/01/05/daily66.html

[3] found here: http://www.dhs.gov/xprevprot/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm

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