Yesterday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced three initiatives designed to strengthen the efficiency and accuracy of the E-Verify system.
These new programs include an agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to streamline legal proceedings for E-Verify misuse and discrimination, a telephone hotline for workers seeking E-Verify information and new training videos in both Spanish and English focusing on E-Verify procedures, policies, employee rights and employer responsibilities.
Secretary Napolitano said, “E-Verify is a smart, simple and effective tool that helps employers across the country maintain a legal workforce. The initiatives announced today will provide essential information to workers about their rights and ensure that E-Verify is used fairly while bolstering the Department’s efforts to protect critical employment opportunities.”
Director Mayorkas added, “we look forward to working with our colleagues in the Department of Justice to ensure the continued integrity and improvement of E-Verify.”
The memorandum of agreement between USCIS and DOJ establishes a streamlined process to address cases of discrimination and employer misuse of E-Verify and cements jurisdictional protocol for referring matters requiring further review.
The USCIS E-Verify help line will now offer employees information about the E-Verify process and help in completing the Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). The help line will also accept complaints about possible discrimination or employer misuse of the E-Verify program. The hotline number is (888) 897-7781 and will be activated on April 5, 2010.