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FN6.   The first iteration began as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), P.L. No. 104-208, 110 Stat. 3009 (1996).  That Act created a “Basic Pilot Program” to test in five states a web-based system to verify the employment authorization of employees by comparing the documents presented in conjunction with the I-9 process to the information contained in the government databases.  Employers only participated voluntarily and, even then, could only use the system to verify new hires, not the existing workforce.  In 2003, the Basic Pilot Program was expanded so that employers in all 50 states could voluntarily participate.  In 2007, the program was re-branded “E-Verify.”  As a pilot program, E-Verify must be renewed periodically by Congress.   Most recently, the 2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, signed into law on October 28, 2009, extended E-Verify for another three years, until September 30, 2012.  See Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-83, 123 Stat. 2142.