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Testimony Submitted to Congress on EEVS

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STATEMENT OF Emily Tulli (PDF), Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center, to the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, Hearing on “How E-Verify Works and How it Benefits American Employers and Workers,” 2/27/13.

FROM THE “OVERVIEW”: “Mandatory E-Verify has been part of every immigration reform bill since 2005 and NILC has worked on a bipartisan basis to craft proposals as part of immigration reform that ensures due process, worker protections, and privacy safeguards for all workers. The starting point for any mandatory E-Verify proposal, however, is a road to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants who are currently unauthorized.

“However, mandating E-Verify without creating a fully work-authorized labor force will set the program up for failure and exacerbate our current economic challenges. . . .”


STATEMENT OF Emily Tulli (PDF), Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center, to the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, Hearing on “Document Fraud in Employment Authorization: How an E-Verify Requirement Can Help,” 4/17/12.

FROM THE “OVERVIEW”: “An E-Verify mandate will result in the increased use of false documents, employer misuse of the program, employers refusing to use the program, and will do nothing to fix our broken immigration system. Everyone agrees that document fraud is a problem. But mandating E-Verify is an ineffective reaction that does not provide a real solution.”


STATEMENT OF Tyler Moran (PDF), Policy Director, National Immigration Law Center, to the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, Hearing on the Legal Workforce Act, 6/15/11.

Watch and listen to the hearing. Click on the “Watch Video Webcast” icon under “Hearing Documentation.” Fast-forward to minute 28:40 (when the hearing starts) or to minute 1:13:24 (when Ms. Moran begins her testimony).


STATEMENT OF Tyler Moran (PDF), Policy Director, National Immigration Law Center, before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, Hearing on the Social Security Administration’s Role in Verifying Employment Eligibility, 4/14/11.

Watch and listen to the hearing. Fast-forward to minute 3:22 (when the hearing begins) or to minute 22:10 (when Ms. Moran begins her testimony).

FROM THE “OVERVIEW”: “The biggest impact of [E-Verify] . . . is on U.S. workers, businesses, and the Social Security Administration . . . .  If [E-Verify were] made mandatory, 6 million employers and their 154 million employees would have to receive permission from the government before continuing the employment relationship. . . . [I]t would cause a minimum of $22 billion in lost tax revenue at a time when policymakers are trying to slash budgets; would cause anywhere from 1.2 million to 3 million workers to stand in line at SSA or lose their jobs at a time of 9 percent unemployment; and is unable to detect 54 percent of unauthorized workers who are run through the system.”


WRITTEN STATEMENT OF Tyler Moran (PDF), Policy Director, National Immigration Law Center, submitted to the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, Hearing on E-Verify: Preserving Jobs for American Workers, February 10, 2011.

FROM THE “OVERVIEW”:  “Making E-Verify mandatory without broader reform to our immigration system will drive down the wages and working conditions of all workers.  Expanding the program is not the key to ending the employment of unauthorized workers. E-Verify—and any immigration enforcement-only policy—will not address the economic incentive that employers have to hire undocumented workers.  Expanding E-Verify will also have severe repercussions for our economy and workforce.”


WRITTEN STATEMENT OF Vicki Turetsky and Tyler Moran (PDF) before the Subcommittee on Social Security, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, 5/6/08.  (Turetsky is director of family policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy; Moran is NILC's director of employment policy.)

NILC and CLASP oppose using the National Directory of New Hires for purposes of establishing a mandatory electronic employment verification system (EEVS) as is proposed in the “New Employee Verification Act of 2008” (HR 5515).


TESTIMONY OF Tyler Moran (PDF), Employment Policy Director, National Immigration Law Center, Before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, Hearing on Employment Eligibility Verification Systems, 6/7/07.


WRITTEN STATEMENT OF Tyler Moran (PDF), NILC Employment Policy Director, to the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, Hearing on Proposals for Improving the Electronic Employment Verification and Worksite Enforcement System, 4/26/07. 


STATEMENT OF Bill Beardall on Behalf of the Equal Justice Center and NILC (PDF) to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations, Field Hearing on “Immigration: Enforcing Employee Work Eligibility Laws and Implementing a Stronger Employment Verification System,” 7/31/06.


WRITTEN STATEMENT OF Tyler Moran (PDF) NILC policy analyst, to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, re: Employment Verification Systems in Comprehensive Immigration Reform, 10/18/05.