The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) supports Rep. Lamar Smith’s (R-Texas) Legal Workforce Act, which would require all employers to use E-Verify within two years. The bill would fulfill NumbersUSA's top enforcement priority by eliminating the jobs magnet for illegal aliens.

"SHRM believes that a legal workforce must be a key element of any effective immigration policy, including a reliable, national and entirely electronic employment-eligibility verification system that provides employers with certainty that new employees are authorized to work in the U.S.," said Chatrane Birbal, a senior government relations advisor at SHRM.

Specifically, SHRM supports congressional reforms that would:

  • Pre-empt the patchwork of state laws with one reliable, accurate and easily accessible federal employment verification system.
  • Create an integrated, entirely electronic system that eliminates the paper Form I-9.
  • Use state-of-the-art technology to accurately authenticate a job applicant's identity, such as knowledge-based authentication to protect against identity theft.
  • Ensure a safe harbor from liability for good-faith program users.
  • Require employment verification only for new hires. 

Rep. Smith's bill would accomplish all of the reforms listed above.

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Updated: Wed, Sep 27th 2017 @ 12:50pm EDT