Last week the House passed, with the support of Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), S. 3245, a bill that would extend authorization of E-Verify for three additional years. In statement submitted for the Congressional Record, Rep. Calvert said:
"S. 3245 provides for a simple three year reauthorization of the popular E-Verify program. In 1996, when I first wrote the legislation that created the E-Verify pilot program, I had humble expectations. Now, 16 years after its inception it has 399,538 employers participating at 1.2 million employer sites. So far in FY 2012, there have been more than 19.6 million queries run through the system. Congress and the entire federal government are required to use the system and several states have made use of the program mandatory for their employers.
"E-Verify continues to defy expectations: it is 99.5% accurate, free to employers and easy to use. It continues to develop new ways to combat illegal employment such as Photo Tool, Self Lock, and Fraud Alert.
"The next step, which Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, Subcommittee Chairman Gallegly and I have been working on, is to make E-Verify mandatory for all employers in the U.S. With unemployment stuck above 8% for the 43rd consecutive month, it is time we ensure that American jobs are going to American workers and those legally authorized to work in the U.S. I am hopeful that the House will consider H.R. 2885 before the end of the year; the only way to truly gain control of our borders is to end the jobs magnet that brings people here illegally."
S. 3245 passed the Senate on August 2, 2012 and with passage in the House, the bill now awaits the President's signature.
"I urge the President to sign the reauthorization and provide certainty to the almost 400,000 users of E-Verify that the program will continue to be available," said Rep. Calvert.