Tennessee employers not using database to check for illegal workers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Many Tennessee employers are not using the federal identity check database known as E-Verify to avoid hiring illegal workers.

Of Tennessee's 117,903 private employers, 543 have registered to use E-Verify, according to numbers released Jan. 12 by the Department of Homeland Security. That's up from 214 a year ago.

Some analysts attribute limited participation in the E-Verify program to everything from lack of need, to worries about what business owners would have to do if they discover illegal workers.

Jessica Vaughan, a senior policy analyst with Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for stricter immigration policy and enforcement, says some companies may opt to have a contractor conduct the searches that E-Verify provides.

She says it's also possible some businesses are not concerned illegal workers are applying and that others have no plans to hire.

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Information from: The Tennessean, www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Many Tennessee employers are not using the federal identity check database known as E-Verify to avoid hiring illegal workers.

Of Tennessee's 117,903 private employers, 543 have registered to use E-Verify, according to numbers released Jan. 12 by the Department of Homeland Security. That's up from 214 a year ago.

Some analysts attribute limited participation in the E-Verify program to everything from lack of need, to worries about what business owners would have to do if they discover illegal workers.

Jessica Vaughan, a senior policy analyst with Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for stricter immigration policy and enforcement, says some companies may opt to have a contractor conduct the searches that E-Verify provides.

She says it's also possible some businesses are not concerned illegal workers are applying and that others have no plans to hire.

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Information from: The Tennessean, www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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