Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
The transition from President Barack Obama to incoming President Donald Trump could be a “very significant change of course” that would include changes in the immigration policy for the United States such as mandatory use of the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system, according to a report on the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) website.
In the article “Trump’s Immigration ‘To Do’ List Takes Shape,” Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach – who played a significant role in drafting Arizona’s strict immigration law S.B. 1070 – told Bloomberg BNA that the Trump transition team for immigration policy on which he serves is already creating a “to do list” of actions the incoming president “may want to do in immigration policy.”
That list includes the mandatory use of the E-Verify system – which is currently optional for most U.S. employers – to ensure newly hired employees are authorized to work in the country. Kobach told Bloomberg BNA that since mandatory E-Verify “would require congressional action,” the Trump transition team for immigration policy is drafting bills to introduce in Congress.
Kobach also told Bloomberg BNA that mandatory use of the E-Verify system could become law despite recent congressional gridlock on immigration policy since “Democrats who are concerned about stagnant wages that American workers face are likely to favor E-Verify.” The complete Bloomberg BNA article is available at http://www.bna.com/trumps-immigration-list-n57982082673/.
According to the “What is E-Verify” page on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website: E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility.
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