Immigration legislation cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate yesterday, with the motion to proceed to the bill passing 82-15. One of the provisions in this bill is a nationwide mandatory system for employment verification, to ensure that employers only hire people who are legally authorized to work in the United States. That system is called E-Verify, and it currently exists as a pilot program that is voluntary for employers.
Chris Calabrese of the ACLU calls mandatory E-Verify, “A sea change in how employment operates.” He says that, “For the first time, you will need affirmative permission from the government in order to work. That’s completely new.” Continue reading