Employers using the E-Verify program gave it high marks according the results of a recent government survey. (See USCIS Survey Results, Jan. 2013) E-Verify is a voluntary online system that allows employers to quickly check the work authorization status of their hires by checking Homeland Security and Social Security Administration databases.  (See USCIS website, Getting Started, 2012)

According to the survey of E-Verify users, employers gave E-Verify a score of 86 out of a possible 100 points, based on registration, tutorials, ease of use, technical assistance, and customer assistance. (See USCIS Survey Results, Jan. 2013) Employers using E-Verify also said they are confident of the program’s accuracy, are likely to continue using the program, and were likely to recommend the program to others. (Id.; see also USCIS Press Release, Feb. 21, 2013)

The Administration touted the survey’s results in a recent press release. “[I am] proud of the advancement we have made in the E-Verify program. This customer survey validates the success of our efforts….” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. (See USCIS Press Release, Feb. 21, 2013)

Nonetheless, President Obama continues to hold mandatory E-Verify hostage to amnesty legislation. In fact, Obama’s refusal to require employers to use the program has forced states to enact their own E-Verify legislation. Thus far, 20 states have laws on the books requiring certain employers to use the system. (See NCSL Website, Feb. 25, 2013)