In a recent report by US Citizenship and Immigration, 1,000 new employers sign up to access the government program, E-Verify every week. Some of those signing up are following state regulations while others use it to avoid hefty fees associated with hiring unauthorized workers.
In Tennessee, the number of businesses using E-Verify has risen from 380 to 2,7171 in just four years. The state doesn't currently have a law requiring the use of E-Verify and a bill proposed earlier this year to do just that has been withdrawn.
"It really gives you the peace of mind to know that the documents you are getting from new hires are legitimate and were obtained legally," said Rachel Bragg from FreshPoint Tomato in Tennessee.