Washington Business Journal reports that at the state levels, more employers will be required to verify that all their employees are legally allowed to work in the United States. The verification process called "Basic Pilot" is voluntary now and only 18,000 companies are signed up and using it. That may chance with state-based legislation:
Though Congress' attempts to make the program mandatory have failed for now, state and local governments are rapidly making Basic Pilot a reality for companies. Companies that do business with Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arizona and Mission Viejo, Calif., are required to enroll in the program. Comprehensive legislation is pending in Missouri and South Carolina to require all employers to participate in the program. More than 30 other states considered similar legislation in the past year.