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Sanctuary State Caves to Federal Pressure on Employment Verification


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security and Illinois State officials reached an agreement that would effectively allow employers to use E-Verify until the federal lawsuit is disposed of:

"While this is a small step in the right direction, it highlights how out of touch the Blagojevich Administration is with the problem of illegal immigration. We must give Illinois employers the necessary tools to comply with existing federal immigration laws. I'm hopeful that our Governor and State Legislature will make today's measures permanent."

E-Verify is a free, voluntary and easy to use program that is currently the best way to check if prospective employees are authorized to work in our country. Presently, more than 800 companies in Illinois are voluntarily enrolled, with more than 23,000 enrolled nationwide. This system provides real-time, accurate verification based on identity information in federal databases, giving employers assurance that the people they hire are legally able to work in the U.S.

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