Yesterday, Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) introduced H.R. 2064, a bill that would give employers the ability to run an E-Verify check on job applicants. The bill would amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 that currently prohibits an E-Verify check on prospective employees prior to them being hired.
"Businesses expend significant resources hiring, training, and paying new employees only to find out later that they are ineligible to work in the United States," Marchant said. "My bill would give businesses the ability to check a prospective employee's legal status during the hiring process. This is a common sense solution to saving businesses valuable resources and protecting jobs for legal workers."
E-Verify is a federal identification program that matches a person's name, Social Security number and birth date against the databases of the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security. The program is currently voluntary with more than 250,000 American employers willingly using E-Verify.