E-Verify is the federal government’s voluntary Internet-based system that allows employers to verify the work authorization of their employees. Currently only 4 percent of all businesses in the United States use E-Verify but some members of Congress are pushing to make this costly and error-plagued system mandatory for every employer in the country. These proposals would cripple small businesses, impose a “right to work” tax on millions of workers, and cost hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers their jobs.
The following fact sheets from the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center detail the fiscal and economic costs that a mandatory E-Verify system would have on individual states, and explain how many jobs would be lost in each state if the system was required for use.
For more on the costs of mandating E-Verify, see: