Where Cristina's has been
Opinion: On its own, E-Verify places too heavy a burden on small businesses
By David Borris, Cristina McNeil and ReShonda Young May 17, 2013
The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday held hearings on immigration reform proposals. But instead of taking up a comprehensive package like the Senate, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) have floated a stand-alone bill that would make the E-Verify electronic employment verification system mandatory for all employers.
The House and Senate are pursuing two different paths to mandating E-Verify. (JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS)
The E-Verify program is an online program run by the government that uses a federal database to check the work eligibility of prospective job candidates. A targeted legislative proposal to require all employers to use this program would come at a serious cost to small business owners, particularly if not packaged with broader immigration reform.