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house Bill H.R. 1147

Requiring all Employers to Verify That Workers are Legally in the U.S.

Argument in favor

Would quickly and accurately identify if a current or prospective employee is authorized to work in the U.S. This bill protects jobs for those who are supposed to be working in the U.S. and streamlines national employee verification.

Larry's Opinion
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03/21/2015
They should be fined enough to make it not worth their while to hire illegals.
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03/21/2015
Asa n American worker myself with an employer who actively employs foreign immigrants with knowledge that some of these employed are not legal I absolutely agree with this bill and to the opposed argument that it will cost to much, that's a bs excuse with billions in wasteful spending happening within Fed agencies that go unchecked.
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Loraki's Opinion
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08/06/2016
THIS IS THE IMMIGRATION REFORM AMERICA NEEDS: 1. Make E-Verify mandatory for all U.S. employers to eliminate the jobs magnet. 2. Complete the Congressionally-mandated biometric entry/exit system to track non-immigrant visitors to the U.S. 3. End the practice of birthright citizenship for illegal aliens and foreign visitors. 4. Require state and local law enforcement to report affirmatively all non-citizens in custody to ICE, make ICE detainers mandatory, and require ICE to pick up and remove deportable aliens. 5. Expand expedited removal to include all illegal aliens with criminal convictions. 6. End catch-and-release of illegal aliens by requiring that they be detained until removal. 7. Deny immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to nations that refuse to repatriate their citizens. 8. Reform the judicial process in immigration courts, including restricting relief from removal, to expedite the process and reduce the backlog of cases. 9. Restrict asylum to the internationally recognized definition of those who are unable to be returned to the home country due to a well-founded fear of (state) persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. 10. Allow Border Patrol access to all federal lands. Please sign the petition now and start applying pressure now fro the next Congress to fix our BROKEN IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM! Sign Petition: https://www.numbersusa.com/petition?id=17394
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Argument opposed

While this system may do what it is supposed to, it is very expensive and may not be worth the price tag. At a cost estimate of $600 million over 3 years for private sector employers, the bill is not worth the expense.

avoicethatmatters's Opinion
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03/21/2015
Focus on finding jobs for those not working, not taking away jobs from workers.
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DCPolitical's Opinion
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06/29/2015
Until we reopen Ellis Island, let's give illegal immigrants a break. Give them a path to citizenship, give them DACA if they work or something like that. Think about all the tax money you'll get from giving 11 million people citizenship.
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Brian's Opinion
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03/21/2015
Too costly, cut military spending and then address this using the newly freed funds
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What is House Bill H.R. 1147?

This bill would require every employer in the U.S. to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system (EEVS) to verify employee data. The EEVS would be based on the E-Verify system, and would replace the current I-9 form system which is paper-based and voluntary.

The bill would allow employers to make a job offer only after a final verification has been granted by the EEVS. These verify systems compare the information potential hires give to employers to U.S. Department of Homeland Security records. These include: 
  • U.S. passport and visa information; 
  • Immigration and naturalization records; 
  • State-issued driver’s licenses and identity document information;
  • Social Security Administration records. 

The real meat of this bill? Employers would be required to attest under penalty of perjury that they have e-verified that an employee is not an undocumented immigrant, or any other person who is not authorized to work or be in the country. This bill would also allow employers to voluntarily re-verify all of their employees.

In addition, people seeking employment would be required to attest that they are a U.S. citizen or national, a lawful permanent resident, or otherwise have authorization to work in the U.S.


The following types of workers who have not been verified under E-Verify would be subject to verification:

  • Federal, state, or local government employees.

  • Employees who require a federal security clearance.

  • Employees assigned to work in the U.S. under a federal or state contract.

Impact

Anyone with a job, undocumented immigrants, people without a U.S. work authorization, employers, the DHS, and the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1147

$635.00 Million
The CBO estimate is unavailable. However, the CBO estimate of the 2013 version of this bill found that implementation would cost about $635 million over the 2014-2018 period and a similar amount over the following five-year period. The CBO also expects this bill would increase the unified federal budget deficit by $30 billion over the 10-year window. Because the bill also imposes intergovernmental and private-sector mandates, it is projected to cost government entities more than $75 million per year and private sector entities over $150 million per year.

More Information

In-Depth:

EEVS would be required to give employers temporary verification or non-verification within three working days of an inquiry. In the event of a non-verification, a final verification or non-verification would be provided within 10 working days.


Employment recruitment and referrals would fall within the scope of EEVS, and union halls and nonprofit employment agencies would be required to use EEVS. Provisions for employers utilizing a good faith defense, the preemption of state or local law, employer penalties, and worker remedies for EEVS errors would be included.


This bill sets the groundwork for the creation of programs that block the use of misused social security numbers, and suspend or limit the use of Social Security numbers belonging to victims of identity theft. The Secretary of Homeland Security would be directed to:

  • Establish a program under which parents or legal guardians may suspend or limit the use of social security account number or other identifying information of a minor for the purposes of the employment eligibility verification system.

  • Establish an Identity Authentication Employment Eligibility Verification pilot program to provide employers with identity authentication and employment verification of enrolled new employees.

A phased-in EEVS participation deadline — between six months and two years — would be established for different categories of employers, including agricultural employers.


Of Note:

E-Verify is currently a voluntary program at the federal level for most employers, except for certain contractors that the federal government requires to participate in the program. However, E-Verify is mandatory for all employers in five states, while 11 states require its use for state agencies and contractors, and three states had E-Verify laws which either expired or were rescinded.


A similar version of this bill was introduced into the House in April 2013. While it made it out of committee and was scheduled to receive a vote in the House, it never saw one before the end of the 113th Congress.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) Press Release

CBO Estimate (Previous Version)

House Judiciary Committee (In Favor)

National Immigration Law Center (Previous Bill Version) (Opposed)

The Hill

San Antonio Express-News

USA Today


Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy

AKA

Legal Workforce Act

Official Title

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make mandatory and permanent requirements relating to use of an electronic employment eligibility verification system, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Social Security
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 27th, 2015
    Asa n American worker myself with an employer who actively employs foreign immigrants with knowledge that some of these employed are not legal I absolutely agree with this bill and to the opposed argument that it will cost to much, that's a bs excuse with billions in wasteful spending happening within Fed agencies that go unchecked.
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    Focus on finding jobs for those not working, not taking away jobs from workers.
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    They should be fined enough to make it not worth their while to hire illegals.
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    THIS IS THE IMMIGRATION REFORM AMERICA NEEDS: 1. Make E-Verify mandatory for all U.S. employers to eliminate the jobs magnet. 2. Complete the Congressionally-mandated biometric entry/exit system to track non-immigrant visitors to the U.S. 3. End the practice of birthright citizenship for illegal aliens and foreign visitors. 4. Require state and local law enforcement to report affirmatively all non-citizens in custody to ICE, make ICE detainers mandatory, and require ICE to pick up and remove deportable aliens. 5. Expand expedited removal to include all illegal aliens with criminal convictions. 6. End catch-and-release of illegal aliens by requiring that they be detained until removal. 7. Deny immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to nations that refuse to repatriate their citizens. 8. Reform the judicial process in immigration courts, including restricting relief from removal, to expedite the process and reduce the backlog of cases. 9. Restrict asylum to the internationally recognized definition of those who are unable to be returned to the home country due to a well-founded fear of (state) persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. 10. Allow Border Patrol access to all federal lands. Please sign the petition now and start applying pressure now fro the next Congress to fix our BROKEN IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM! Sign Petition: https://www.numbersusa.com/petition?id=17394
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    Until we reopen Ellis Island, let's give illegal immigrants a break. Give them a path to citizenship, give them DACA if they work or something like that. Think about all the tax money you'll get from giving 11 million people citizenship.
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    Too costly, cut military spending and then address this using the newly freed funds
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    I don't understand why we make laws in this country if no one pays any attention to them. What part of "in the country illegally" does no one seem to understand?
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    Yes. I think everyone would like everyone else to also be working, however it's possible that NOT checking can artificially depress wages for legitimate workers.
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    This would be extremely costly to employers who must already pay higher workers to non-immigrants and legal immigrants by law. Fixing the welfare state and allowing more legal immigration is the only legitimate solution.
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    This bill would place an onerous requirement on businesses, as well as make it even harder for immigrants to work and live in this country. The United States should fix it's immigration laws, not make immigrant lives more difficult.
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    This sounds like a good idea, but its too expensive at this time and is likely to have unintended consequences at great cost to the country
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    Would quickly and accurately identify if a current or prospective employee is authorized to work in the U.S. This bill protects jobs for those who are supposed to be working in the U.S. and streamlines national employee verification.
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    "It hardly needs saying that immigration policy should not undermine Americans’ jobs, wages." -twitter.com/ScottWalker
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    Not until Americans in our crop fields who are crucial to our economy are given the citizenship they deserve.
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    A town in I believe Mississippi (not completely sure which state it was) removed all it's illegal immigrant workers. After a couple of weeks, they were begging for them to come back, and their economy went downhill. We don't want to do this to the whole country.
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    Because BO and others of his ilk see no reason to enforce federal laws preventing illegals from living within our borders, and because employers ALWAYS end up doing work for everybody, INCLUDING THE US GOVERNMENT, but themselves, I have to say yes to yet another burden on self-employed and employers. BO won't let law enforcement officials do this, so we employers have to do another task for government. I HOPE you will include government employers in this law. If it's good enough for US U.S. citizens to have to do this, it should be good enough for ALL GOVERNMENT employers to do so. Where do we send invoices for services provided?
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    This bill secures jobs for Americans, and prevents them from being taken by illegal government freeloaders.
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    But "legal" should include work permits. There are a lot of jobs (agricultural, meat processing, etc) American citizens just won't do.
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    No brainer. If you're here illegally your can't get a job. That just enables them and allows more of them to stay illegally.
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    They can work here, pay taxes here, and get paid below minimum wage here. Why not?
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