It sure does seem like we are seeing more Employment Eligibility Verification form (“form I-9”) audits and greater use of E-Verify at the state level these days. If that is your hunch, then I’m here to confirm that hunch as both are on the rise and the trend will likely continue for several reasons. First, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has repeatedly stated that worksite enforcement is a priority. One way in which DHS, and more specifically Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), are pursuing this priority is through individual audits of companies’ forms I-9 as well as the issuance of waves of Notices of Inspection (NOI), which triggers a government inspection. Regarding the states, there are several factors driving their push for mandatory E-Verify. One is frustration with the U.S. Congress’ inability to address comprehensive immigration reform. Another is a measure of xenophobia. And a third is the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Whiting v. Chamber of Commerce, which essentially stated that Arizona’s E-Verify law was not pre-empted by federal law. Mix these components together and you have an increase in state activity mandating the use of the electronic employment eligibility verification program called E-Verify.

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