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E-Verify check helps workers see employment status

People in Arizona can now check whether their Social Security numbers will turn up red flags when run through E-Verify, the federal electronic system used to confirm whether prospective workers are in the U.S. legally.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched E-Verify Self Check, which also is available in Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Virginia and the District of Columbia. It will be extended to all states by the end of the year.

"E-Verify is a smart, simple and effective tool that allows us to work with employers to help them maintain a legal workforce," Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a news release. "The E-Verify Self Check service will help protect workers and streamline the E-Verify process for businesses."

The initiative complements E-Verify by limiting bureaucratic hiccups and giving job applicants the opportunity to correct errors in Homeland Security and Social Security Administration databases that the system uses.

Arizona law requires businesses to use E-Verify and punishes companies that knowingly hire illegal workers by suspending or revoking their business licenses. However, federal officials said employers cannot require individuals to use the self-check system or use it to pre-screen applicants.

Garrick Taylor, a spokesman for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the self-check system can decrease the amount of time and resources an employer must spend correcting inaccurate results from E-Verify.

"This really puts the onus on the employee," he said. "It's geared at the employee, but it's one less thing for the employer to have to deal with."

More than 200,000 businesses are registered for E-Verify – about 1 percent of all employers – and only half of those use the system regularly, according to data provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

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Michelle Mittelstadt, a spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute, said that the self-check system is a positive development for job seekers.

"The self-check system empowers the worker with a certain amount of information," she said. "It lessens the pool of problematic areas and paves the way for a new system."

E-Verify has come under fire for the number of errors based on the Homeland Security and Social Security databases. When that happens, individuals are required to resolve the discrepancies.

Mittelstadt said the new system could be a stepping-stone to better anti-fraud tools that would secure workers' information and protect against identity theft.

"Ultimately, this could be used by workers to lock their Social Security in place," she said.

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Mar 22, 2011, 9:11 pm
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The majority of Americans don’t care which side of the world people come from to settle here, as long as they arrive legally? The Southwest has been invaded and unless the do-nothing US Government starts enforcing the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli bill, as it was intended, we will just been washing billions of taxpayer dollars as down the eternal drain, as we have for decades. The Leftist climb on the bandwagon with pushing the racist card, because they will not examine the truth and are involved in this philosophies of world Government.; facts they will not disclose about spending taxpayer’s money and building larger government agencies so their agenda is successful. These Leftist want wide open borders, with no consideration for the taxpaying public. They can lie in the Liberal press all they want, but the truth is Americans are sick and tired of supporting the impoverished of other countries.

Mar 22, 2011, 9:10 pm
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A letter from the promoters of corporate greed, doomed the first chance of fiscal American survival against the illegal alien occupation. The letter signified the influence of the major instigator, the US Chamber of Commerce, whom believes that discount illegal labor is an essential to our wilting economy? A Guest Worker program would alleviated this problem, if it wasn’t full of visa loopholes? We already bring into America over a million and a half a year, so exasperating the process just make citizens and authorized residents resentful and angry. This is especially true when the company bosses do not drive on congested highways, they live in gated mansions or isolated homes and have no dealings with the imported foreign crime and the crumbling neighborhoods full of poverty-stricken foreigners. For Tea Party is apposed to any form of Amnesty, which includes so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Rescind the birthright citizenship law, except one parent is a citizen, Any form of Dream Act or Sanctuary City policies, until the border fence is sealed tight and controlled by at least 5.000 military presence. We just cannot subsidize the worlds poor as its threatening especially the American workers on the lower scale, the State and federal economy and unrest in this nation.

The business industries find ways negate the tax code, but the men and women taxpayers have no such political advantages. Ordinary Americans have no special privileges and cannot attribute, but a few dollars to political campaigns. Only united voices as with the TEA PARTY can fix the hardships of all the populace, by stopping the “Tax and Spend” Liberals, who a major part of bring more illegal aliens to our shores and borders.

Mar 22, 2011, 9:09 pm
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Leftist -Democrats and even some Republicans opposed the advancement of the-REAL-fence and placed obstacles so the E-Verify system of catching foreign nationals, before they were hired. However, the Leftist portion of our government haven’t been able to place obstacles in the way of Secure Communities as yet? Just about every newspaper calls illegal aliens—undocumented immigrants, or other De-Facto name, when in truth they are foreign aliens and have no right to be here. The TEA Party knows this and will fight against the Liberal progressives and any other crazy scheme, thinking that Americans are not going to stop these parodies of our laws. Scrutinizing the papers today, one article accessed the growing population of Arizona. We accept high demand skilled workers, but their is no financial room for people who need public welfare. The Bloomberg E-news states When talking about the Arizona census population:

Tests of the limits and effectiveness of immigration policies and procedures are underway in Arizona, where the Hispanic population increased 46.3 percent between 2000 and 2010 to account for 29.6 percent of the 6.4 million residents. Of course the US Census didn’t distinguish between honest Legal and illegal persons which Obama’s Leftist Czars and thought was justified. NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS! They are illegal as they broached the sovereignty of our border. If there was any true intention to seal our border from economic migrants, including the instant birthright baby, entry would have classed as a felony. Its illogical to think that the Greatest nation on Earth, cannot control the inflow of foreign national.

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Facts about E-Verify

E-Verify is a federal, Web-based program for U.S. businesses to verify the eligibility of new hires.

E-Verify is a voluntary federal program, except in the states that mandate that businesses use this system. Arizona is one of these states.

In 2010 there were 216,721 employers enrolled in E-Verify and 13,411,411 cases run through the E-Verify system. Of these total cases, 1.7 percent of employees received incorrectly mismatched results.