Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee will consider the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 3711). This bill, introduced by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), preserves jobs for citizens and legal workers by requiring U.S. employers to check the work eligibility of all future hires through the E-Verify system. In a short video, Congressman Smith explains how easy it is to use E-Verify.
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I’m Lamar Smith and I am privileged to represent the 21st Congressional District of Texas. I’m also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over immigration issues.
I’ve introduced the Legal Workforce Act, which discourages illegal immigration and ensures jobs are protected for American workers.
It would expand the E-Verify system to cover all new employees.
E-Verify is a web-based system and is a 21st century update to the current paper-based, I-9 system.
E-Verify quickly confirms 99.8% of work-eligible employees and takes less than two minutes per person to use.
And I’m going to show you just how easy it is.
First, visit the E-Verify webpage on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website. You can use a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or even a smartphone.
Employers log into the program by submitting their unique username and password.
Once logged in, the employer fills out the fields for the employee’s first and last name, date of birth, and social security number.
Then the employer provides the citizenship status for the newly hired employee.
Next, they select what documents the employee submitted, such as a social security card and driver’s license, or even a U.S. passport.
If using a driver’s license, on the next page you will have to select the state where it was issued.
Within seconds, E-Verify compares the information submitted against records at the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security to ensure the new employee is eligible to work in the United States.
And there you go—pretty simple, right?
It’s no surprise that this program is so popular with employers and the American people.
In fact, over 740,000 American employers already use E-Verify.
Outside evaluations have found that the vast majority of employers using E-Verify believe it to be an effective and reliable tool for checking the legal status of their employees.
And approximately 70% of Americans believe that all U.S. employers should be required to use this program.
To learn more about E-Verify and the Legal Workforce Act, visit judiciary.house.gov.