KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The City of Kennewick is looking at a new way to make sure its future employees can legally work in the United States.
E-Verify is an internet-based program that is quicker, more affordable and a more efficient way of processing I-9 forms. The free federal program ensures workers are authorized to work in the U.S. However, it has brought up controversy surrounding immigration, but city leaders say it's really just a guidance tool.
"It doesn't determine citizenship. It doesn't even determine immigration status. It simply is a tool that you use after you've hired someone. You're required to fill out an I-9 form, and it's that info from that form that you submit to E-Verify," says Lisa Beaton, presented E-Verify to council.
The next step is to send the proposal to a city council sub-committee to look at examples from other jurisdictions. Once a more thorough report is compiled, it will be brought back to city council.