E-Verify Bill Is Not the Immigration Answer We Need

Communications Associate

April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced his E-Verify bill, the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act of 2015.

The bill would make the program mandatory for all employers within one year of the date of enactment, allows employers to use E-Verify before a person is hired and requires employers to back-check the status of all current employees within three years.

Business leaders have continually spoken out about the negative effects of such punitive bills.

“An E-Verify bill on its own is a step in the wrong direction,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “Without broader immigration reform, a worker verification system cannot succeed on its own. The imposition of mandatory E-Verify without a broader reform package would hurt our nation’s economy, businesses and workforce. Our broken immigration system is a national issue that deserves a constructive approach. This bill is not the answer.”