Immigration Enforcement

E-Verify has problems, but most find it valuable

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Chris Matus likes to be ahead of the curve.

So for Matus, president of Elgin-based Rieke Office Interiors, the decision to enroll his company in the federal government’s E-Verify program was not a difficult one.

“Immigration issues are very much up in the air right now,” Matus said. “We wanted to make sure we were prepared for whatever the future might bring in that regard.”

Matus’ company, however, certainly is not alone in logging on.

In Illinois, more than 1,350 employers are registered on the system that uses the Internet to verify whether job applicants legally can work in the U.S., according to a report from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Nationwide, about 64,000 employers use the system, CIS said. In Fiscal Year 2007, more than 3.27 million employment verification queries were made.

Since October, the beginning of the federal fiscal year, however, about 3.17 million inquiries had been made, putting E-Verify on pace to field 5.43 million inquiries this year, an increase of about 60 percent.

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May 16, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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