One of the most sensible, readily available ways that states can contribute to combatting lawlessness in immigration is by requiring employers to use the web-based E-Verify system to verify the legal eligibility of employees to work in the U.S.

Key points

– The integrity of the immigration system in the United States relies upon everyone doing their part to follow the law. Using the federal government’s electronic employment authorization verification system (E-Verify) is a critically important means of doing this.

– To avoid disrupting the current workforce, E-Verify use requirements should be prospective in nature, only applying to new employees.

– Simply requiring the use of E-Verify is not enough. To ensure the law is adhered to, compliance provisions and mechanisms are also needed.