On September 30, 2009, I wrote about the government requirement that imposed
upon contractors on certain federal projects a mandate to use the “E-Verify
System” to verify a worker’s eligibility to work in the U.S.
Employers were required to fire employees whose E-Verify information failed
to match government SSA database information. (See “Compliance by
Federal Contractors with the E-Verify System Became Mandatory Effective
September 8, 2009”).
On October 9, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rescinded
the rule. In 2007, several organizations, including the American Civil
Liberties Union, National Immigration Law Center, and American Federation
of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations had filed suit against
DHS, claiming that clerical errors and inaccurate records could threaten
legal U.S. workers.
At least two courts had issued injunctions to prevent the law from taking
effect, while an Arizona federal court had refused to issue such an injunction.
The governor of Rhode Island had issued an executive order requiring state
agencies and contractors doing business with the state to use the E-Verify
System. Both the Bush and Obama administrations supported the law.
[Source: Andrew Morgan, “DHS rescinds controversial 'no-match'
employment rule,” Jurist, 10/9/09]