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New E-Verify Bill Could Pose Issues for Employers and Job Applicants in Florida

Citizenship Status

State Representative Thad Altman introduced a bill into the Florida House of Representatives on December 11, 2018, that would require e-verification of citizenship by all employers within the state. The bill would require employers to run applications through a federal database to check citizenship status for all job candidates, slowing down the onboarding process to a considerable degree. Other issues exist with the database, which has been shown to contain numerous errors and may return incorrect information for employers in the state of Florida.

A Continuing Trend of Anti-Immigration Sentiment

Altman’s bill is the latest in an extensive array of tactics used to create obstacles for immigrants living and working in this country. If passed into law, the E-Verify bill could potentially serve as a deterrent for employers to hire immigrants who have valid documentation and the right to work in the U.S. The Trump administration has encouraged anti-immigration sentiments and has employed harsh rhetoric against undocumented and documented immigrants as well as those seeking asylum in this country.

Problems With Federal Database

According to an audit conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office and released in January 2011, the E-Verify has had serious issues with accuracy and has resulted in errors that have allowed undocumented workers to slide through undetected while providing incorrect information on citizens of the U.S. that could affect their ability to find employment. Studies have confirmed that E-Verify does not work to reduce the ability of undocumented workers to find employment. In one study, approximately 54 percent of the undocumented workers who went through E-Verify were approved for work.

Proactive Steps to Protect Immigrant Rights

For families who are facing issues with immigration or who are worried about potential actions being taken against them because of their undocumented status, consulting with a qualified Miami immigration lawyer can provide added peace of mind and a proactive approach to these issues. Your Miami immigration lawyer will work with you to find the most practical solutions for your situation. This can help you resolve your immigration woes quickly and in the best way possible.

The Miami immigration lawyers at Pozo Goldstein have the proven experience and knowledge your family needs to address immigration issues quickly and effectively. Our team includes two former immigration prosecutors and a former judge with proven experience in the immigration law field. Call us today at 305-856-0400 to schedule a free consultation with our team. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.