E-Verify bill passed by US
The E-verify system mandating US employers to verify foreign workers before hiring them has finally been passed by US. The bill was passed by House Judiciary Committee.
In addition to E-verify system, legislation also passed “Legal Workforce Act” which will make some modifications in the immigration policies by reducing number of documents needed to be submitted by employer during verification. This Act will increase penalties for employers who fail to use E-verify system and intentionally hire illegal employees.
Before the bill was passed, number of amendments in the bill was proposed by the committee members but only 2 were accepted. The first was regarding small modifications in order to return a provision of the bill to how it appeared in its previous version, H.R. 2164. This amendment would require employers to attest that they have verified the employment eligibility of an individual within the three-day verification period—which begins on the date an employer extends an offer of employment—rather than on the date of hire. The other amendment passed by the Committee, offered by Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), struck a provision of the bill in an effort to undermine support for the bill by the agriculture industry.