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

Too Costly for Employers, Workers, and Taxpayers

JUNE 2015

Legislation to mandate the use of E-Verify by every employer in the U.S. has frequently been proposed as a magic bullet to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. Whether as an amendment to pending legislation, such as the National Defense Authorization Act, or as a standalone bill, such as the Legal Workforce Act or the Accountability through Electronic Verification Act, such proposals mandate the use of E-Verify, while providing no path to U.S. citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people living in our communities. Unfortunately, such proposals are expensive nonsolutions that would hurt employers, increase unemployment, and harm our economy—without fixing our immigration system.

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