The federal government has been cracking down on payments to individuals and businesses who use the electronic payment systems, known as E-Verify, for years.
And now it has issued a directive to states and localities that requires all of their employers to include the tool in their payroll systems.
In a statement, the Office of Personnel Management said in part: “The federal government believes that E-verify is a cost-effective, cost-saving measure that provides employers with the assurance that all of its employees are in compliance with the law.”
The OPM directive comes just months after the White House announced a series of executive orders on immigration and the economy.
The OPSE also announced new guidance on how to enforce immigration laws, including one that calls on states and municipalities to offer training to help local authorities and immigration officials better enforce the laws.
The new OPM guidance is part of the administration’s “Build the Border Wall 2.0” initiative.
The effort aims to help the administration and Congress “get the most effective and cost-efficient solutions to strengthen our nation’s border security and immigration enforcement efforts,” the statement said.
The Office of Management and Budget said it will work with the federal government and local government leaders to implement the new guidance.