Employment Eligibility Verification Systems Under the Recent Congressional Immigration Reform Bills

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November 1, 2006

In December, 2005, the House passed H.R. 4437, The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act. In May, 2006, the Senate passed S.2611, The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006. Each bill provides numerous changes to current immigration law. Of particular significance to employers, the bills share a common emphasis on employer workplace enforcement in stemming the tide of illegal immigration. Though the House and Senate versions differ in certain respects, each sets up a national Employment Eligibility Verification System (EEVS) that is mandatory for all employers. The system is designed to strengthen and enhance the existing I-9 process.

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