Legislation that would require every employer in the U.S. to use E-Verify, the federal government's Internet-based employment eligibility verification program, has regularly been proposed as a magic bullet that would fix the U.S.’s broken immigration system. When introduced, the legislation containing this proposal inevitabley fails to also include a path to U.S. citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people living in our communities. Unfortunately, mandating the use of E-Verify is an expensive nonsolution that would hurt employers, increase unemployment, and harm our economy—without fixing our immigration system.
Introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith; requiring U.S. employers to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system, or EEVS.
See also: Testimony Submitted to Congress on Employment Eligibility Verification
Accountability through Electronic Verification Act of 2011
Requiring U.S. employers to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system, or EEVS.
New Employee Verification Act of 2008 (H.R. 5515)
Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2007, or SAVE Act — H.R. 4088 / S. 2368
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611)
Analysis of S. 2611 with respect to electronic employment eligibility verification is available on the Immigrant Worker Issues in Comprehensive Immigration Reform page.
Instead of fixing our broken immigration system, the new plan embraces the bumper-sticker enforcement-only philosophy of immigration reform opponents.