Gov. Perry Announces E-Verify Executive Order for State Agencies

From the Office of Rick Perry - Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted the ongoing need for the state's border security operations, and called on Congress to quickly pass a bill to provide the resources necessary to secure our southern border. In the absence of adequate federal resources, the governor reiterated Texas' commitment to using all available tools to enforce the law, and announced an executive order directing state agencies to use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of current and prospective employees.

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S. The governor noted improvements to E-Verify that have streamlined the system and improved its accuracy. While 17 state agencies already use E-Verify, the governor's executive order expands its use to all state agencies under control of the Governor's Office and all those with whom they enter into contracts for services to determine the work eligibility of employees and subcontractors.

Gov. Perry was joined at the press conference by Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, who discussed the significant impacts of the ongoing, state-led surge operation - dubbed Operation Strong Safety - in the Rio Grande Valley. Since the beginning of the operation in June, weekly apprehensions of illegal aliens by federal authorities have dropped dramatically in the area of operation - with most recent figures showing an approximately 73 percent decrease.

This week, the Legislative Budget Board voted unanimously to continue funding Texas' enhanced border security presence through August 31, 2015.

To view the governor's executive order requiring the use of E-Verify by state agencies, please click here.

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