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Mandatory E-Verify: Too Costly for Employers, Workers, and Taxpayers (PDF)

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.


The Legal Workforce Act

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.


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Comparison of Electronic Employment Verification System Proposals in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011 (S. 1258) and the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2164) (PDF)


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Federal E-Verify Bills in the 112th Congress (PDF)

Earlier Bills


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.


Administration Announces Harsh New Immigration Measures

Instead of fixing our broken immigration system, the new plan embraces the bumper-sticker enforcement-only philosophy of immigration reform opponents.

  • List of announced measures: "Improving Border Security and Immigration Within Existing Law" (Depts. of Homeland Security & Commerce, 8/10/07, PDF)


See also Immigrant Worker Issues in Comprehensive Immigration Reform.