E-Verify is a tool that can be used to verify the employment status of an applicant to be certain they are legally eligilible to hold jobs. It is currently the subject of a fight because proponents want to use it in all 50 states to help reduce illegal employment of illegal immigrants. Opponents, well you know what they want.
BTW kudos to Big5 Sporting Goods that uses E-Verify to check new hires.
Anyway, E-Verify has rolled out a new service allowing the applicant to check their own status prior to applying for a job. You can read about it here: