Immigration Enforcement

Using E-Verify

From The Blogland of Earl Capps :

These days, workplace immigration issues are no laughing matter. Working in the construction industry and being responsible for the hiring of workers, I know this better than most people.

I do the hiring processing for new hires, which includes checking their eligibility for employment using the E-Verify system. While the proper scrutiny of the identification documents which are required by the I-9 form should be enough, thanks to a lot of unscrupulous employers, it’s not enough.

The E-Verify system is a good way to make sure a new hire is who they say they are. If they’re not U.S. citizens and are presenting work visas, images of their documents are kept in the E-Verify database displayed on the screen for comparison to the documents which the new hire has presented – if it’s not a perfect match, then you may be required to send them to the local USCIS office to clarify the issue, or release them from employment.

For most employers, the use of the system is voluntary, but in states such as South Carolina, which are mandating screening, E-Verify is something that you either are using, or may soon be getting accustomed to. If you’re a federal contractor, there is a pending Executive Order which will soon mandate its use.


January 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

E-Verify system works, Pickens County officials say

Vince Jackson/Special to the Independent-Mail
Sunday, January 25, 2009

— Some legal measures that took effect Jan. 1 in South Carolina place added restrictions on illegal workers, because employers now are required to use E-Verify or other federal work authorization programs.

A state law now requires all public employers and public contractors employing more than 500 people to electronically check and verify the employment eligibility of new employees by accessing a federal database.

The Pickens County Council voted last year to require that all new county employees be documented as legal workers. The county also required that all vendors doing business with Pickens County certify that they are not knowingly using illegal workers on any county projects.

Margaret Thompson, a Pickens County resident who supported the state law, said information she has received from county officials indicates that it works.

“Pickens County decided last summer to go beyond the state requirements and immediately require anyone working for and doing business with this county refrain from using illegal workers,” Thompson said.

Jennifer Woods, human resources director for Pickens County government, said, “E-Verify is phenomenal. I don’t know why anyone would not want to use it. It is free, and you can get results in 30 seconds.”

Only roughly 30 minutes of training was required before Woods could use the program successfully, she said.


January 26, 2009 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

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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.


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

We must target 287(g) federal dollars for local immigration surge

Published Sunday, December 16, 2007

If you’ve read the newspaper lately, you probably saw that the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with senior staff in Gov. Mark Sanford’s office to confront the challenge of illegal immigration in South Carolina.

On behalf of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, I want to take this opportunity to let you know a little bit more about this cooperative effort aimed at solving a controversial problem.

Like many other states, South Carolina has seen a surge of illegal immigrants within its borders in recent years. In fact, a recent study estimates that there are over 144,000 illegal immigrants currently living in our state — an increase of more than 1,000 percent from 15 years ago.


December 17, 2007 Posted by | 287(g), Uncategorized, united states | , , | Leave a comment