Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) has introduced bi-partisan legislation that would require all employers in the United States to use E-Verify for both new hires and existing employees. The Jobs Recovery by Ensuring a Legal American Workforce Act of 2011 (H.R.800) was introduced with three original co-sponsors, including two Democrats from North Carolina -- Reps. Mike McIntyre and Heath Shuler. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is also a co-sponsor.
NumbersUSA President Roy Beck has officially endorsed H.R.800.
NumbersUSA is pleased to express our support for your Jobs Recovery by Ensuring a Legal American Workforce (or E-LAW) Act.
NumbersUSA shares your belief that one of the easiest, most effective jobs measures Congress can take is to move illegal foreign workers out of their U.S. jobs, opening them up for unemployed Americans.
We applaud the E-LAW Act and look forward to working with you to effect a permanent, nationwide E-Verify mandate.
-- Roy Beck, NumbersUSA President & Founder
The E-LAW Act would require the use of mandatory use of E-Verify within:
- 1 year for employers with at least 250 employees and all federal government contractors;
- 540 days for employers with at least 100 employees, but fewer than 250;
- 2 years for all other employers.
Employers must also follow the same timelines for checking existing employees.
The E-LAW Act also requires the Department of Homeland Security to take all necessary steps to root out fraud within the E-Verify system and ensure that all employers are complying with the law. It also requires the Social Security Administration to immediately notify individuals who are receiving wages from more than one employer and requires the SSA to share information with DHS.
The bill would also increase penalties for businesses that fail to comply with the E-Verify mandate. Violators would face fines of at least $2,500 for each illegal alien they employ and could face fines as high as $50,000 for the third and subsequent offenses.
Lastly, the bill would prohibit companies from deducting wages to illegal aliens from their federal income taxes.
For more information on the E-LAW Act, click here.
Updated: Wed, Feb 23rd 2011 @ 3:01pm EST