U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement applauding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold an Arizona law that requires all businesses to check to make sure their employees are in the country legally.
"Employment enforcement is one of our strongest tools to combat America's immigration problem and today's decision rightly allows states to strengthen, not diminish, their abilities to verify the eligibility and citizenship of employees," Vitter said. "I applaud the Supreme Court's ruling and I am now more optimistic the court will uphold Arizona's other law to give authorities the ability to enforce immigration laws."
Vitter has previously introduced legislation called the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act which includes a component that relates to the E-Verify program and would provide employers with an effective and inexpensive means of verifying employee eligibility. The SAVE Act would require the use of the E-Verify program by all employers within the next four years, and increase monitoring of compliance of the system. The bill would also require that the Social Security Administration notify any employer in any instance where an employee's provided social security number does not match the records of the administration.