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E-Verify again an eligibility verification option for Illinois employers

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The federal E-Verify program allows employers to voluntarily enroll in the federal government’s Internet-based system for verifying the employment authorization documents submitted by new hires.

However, some groups have denounced the E-Verify program. They argue that the databases supporting the system, which are maintained by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are not accurate enough—and inaccuracies in the databases could result in denying work authorization to people who are in fact eligible to work in the United States.

Because of those perceived database inaccuracies, the Illinois Legislature in 2007 enacted Section 12(a) of Illinois Public Act 95-138, which made it unlawful for Illinois employers to enroll in the federal E-Verify system until the databases supporting it reached a heightened level of accuracy.

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