I don't know anyone that has a problem with making sure that employees who are hired are legally permitted to be employed however, is E-Verify the answer ? With all the talk of Congress making E-Verify mandatory, some consideration as to cost and the old adage of killing an ant with a bazooka comes to mind. The Center for American Progress posted an interesting summary of the costs that we can expect.
Last week, a Mississippi based manufacturing company, Howard Industries agreed to pay a fine of $2.5 million for a variety of I-9 and other immigration violations as part of a plea in Federal Court. This case arises from a 2008 raid. What is most interesting is that Howard was a participant in the government's highly touted E-Verify program. Seems like the program worked really well to protect this company from liability. A panacea, it is not.