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Small Businesses Say U.S. Background Check System Has Drawbacks

Wall Street Journal (07/24/13) Angus Loten; Sarah E. Needleman; Adam Janofsky

As of July 20, 467,328 U.S. employers were enrolled in the E-Verify system, which matches job applicants’ social security numbers and other identification against a national database kept by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Since using the E-Verify system, many small business owners report it is more difficult to fill open positions, and some employers must hire extra staff or upgrade computer equipment to implement the system.

Georgia and at least 15 other states require at least some employers to run E-Verify checks during the hiring process, and under the U.S. Senate immigration bill passed on June 27, all employers would be required to do so.