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McDonnell accelerates immigration status check for state agency employees

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Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday ordered all state agencies to use the E-Verify system to check immigration status of new employees by June 1, about 18 months ahead of the required implementation.

In 2010, the General Assembly passed a law requiring state agencies to use E-Verify to ensure new hires are eligible to work in the United States. The legislation required that agencies implement this by Dec. 1. 2012.

E-Verify is an online system operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to help employers ensure their employees can legally work in the U.S.

“Federal law rightly requires that companies and governments only employ individuals who may legally work in this country — either U.S. citizens or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization.” McDonnell said in a statement. “My administration has focused on enforcing the nation’s immigration laws to ensure that all of those working in Virginia’s public and private sectors are legally eligible to do so.”

State agencies that receive federal contracts have been required to use E-Verify since September 2009.

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