Immigration Enforcement

Whitfield County Georgia 287(g) now operational

Published: June 11, 2008 12:12 am

287(g) now operational

By Kim Sloan
kimsloan@daltoncitizen.com

After a three month wait, the 287(g) program is now up and running at the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

A woman charged for failure to appear on a charge of driving with a suspended license was found to be an illegal alien after she was processed through the system, Sheriff Scott Chitwood said on Tuesday. The woman was not identified by the sheriff’s office. She will be turned over to officials with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

A representative from ICE was at the sheriff’s office Tuesday afternoon completing the installation of the equipment needed for the program. The program, known as 287(g) for the section where it is found in federal law, will not cost the county any money and is funded entirely by the federal government, Chitwood said.

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June 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

DHS Designates E-Verify as Employment Eligibility Verification System for All Federal Contractors

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 Order, please visit www.whitehouse.gov.

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June 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

N.C. bill considers new, tighter worker verification

Jordan SchraderJSchrade@CITIZEN-TIMES.com • published June 9, 2008 12:15 am

RALEIGH – An instant screening in a Department of Homeland Security database would follow every job interview in North Carolina if a proposal by state legislators becomes law, with violators losing their business licenses.

The bill in Raleigh follows U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler’s lead in Washington. A key ingredient of the Waynesville Democrat’s immigration plan is a mandate for employers to use the E-Verify program.

Conversations with Shuler’s office led Rep. Charles Thomas, R-Buncombe, and Sen. John Snow, D-Cherokee, to pitch the same idea in the General Assembly.

Today, employers must hire only workers with legal residency, but E-Verify is a voluntary program for all except state agencies.

“We haven’t been enforcing our immigration laws for I don’t know how long, or we wouldn’t be in this mess that we’re in,” Snow said.

Nationwide, about 2.5 million new hires received an E-Verify screening in the second half of 2007. Homeland Security says 13 states require use of the database for some or all jobs, including North Carolina for state workers.

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June 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Add Durham, North Carolina to 287(g)

“Don’t make a federal case out of everything” is a common admonition to keep things in perspective.It’s also Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez’s perspective on immigration, one that balances the need to protect the public from dangerous illegal immigrants with the imperative to gain the trust and cooperation of all city residents, including undocumented aliens.

Lopez signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), becoming partners effective Feb. 1. Under the Agreement, a Durham police officer who has completed mandatory ICE training is authorized to enforce federal immigration law under Section 287 (g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

In an extensive e-mail explaining his rationale for the agreement, Lopez emphasized, “The Durham Police Department has not brought the 287 (g) Program to the city of Durham as it is seen in many other communities.”

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June 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Sen. Grassley: Works to Give Employers a Better Tool to Verify Work Eligibility of Employees

6/5/2008

For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 5, 2008

Grassley Works to Give Employers a Better Tool to Verify Work Eligibility of Employees

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today introduced legislation to reauthorize the E-Verify program, formerly the Basic Pilot program, a web-based tool that allows employers to verify the work eligibility of new employees. Grassley’s legislation also makes several needed improvements to the program, including additional information sharing between agencies within the Department of Homeland Security.

“Nobody could have imagined the sophistication of the documents that illegal aliens use to work in the United States, which has made the E-verify program an even more important and useful tool for employers,” Grassley said. “With a comprehensive immigration bill highly unlikely this year, we need to enhance the tools that are already on the books and make sure they remain available for employers who want to do their part to comply with the law.”

Grassley introduced amendments to the 2006 and 2007 comprehensive immigration bills that would have changed the verification and appeal procedures, and would have improved the ability of the federal government to go after employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens.

The basic pilot program was first authorized in 1996 allowing only five states to participate. The program was reauthorized in 2001 and then expanded in 2003. The last expansion allowed employers in all 50 states the opportunity to voluntarily use the program. The current E-verify program is set to expire in November. Currently more than 61,000 employers use the program. Grassley said he expects that number to grow.

Here are the provisions of the legislation.

Makes permanent the E-verify program.

Require all contractors of the federal government to use the E-verify program.

Gives employers the option to verify the status of all employees, not just new hires. Also allows the Department of Homeland Security to require companies to use the E-verify program if a pattern of illegal hiring is found.

Requires Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide a monthly report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement listing the non-authorized checks that should be investigated.

Requires Citizenship and Immigration Services to create a pilot project that will provide opportunities to use the E-verify program to small businesses and other rural areas without internet access.

Requires employers to re-verify employees who are in the United States on temporary status.

Changes the name of the program from the Basic Pilot program to the E-verify program.

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June 6, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Add South Carolina to list of tough new illegal immigration enforcement

By Yvonne Wenger (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Thursday, June 5, 2008

Immigration bill 4400

COLUMBIA — South Carolina became the fifth state in the nation to pass broad illegal immigration reform with the stroke of Gov. Mark Sanford’s pen Wednesday.

The new law — the hallmark of this legislative session — is being touted as the toughest in the United States. Legislators said they studied the laws and lessons from Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and Oklahoma, and incorporated what worked, improved what didn’t and added a number of new provisions.

“This puts South Carolina in the forefront of where all states are on immigration reform,” said Sanford, who was joined by about 20 legislators for the bill signing.

The new law took effect Wednesday, although portions, primarily employment verification standards, will be phased in over the coming months.

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June 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment