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Immigration Reform: E-Verify Is Wrong for America

May 23, 2013 in Economics

While Cato scholars have generally been supportive of the the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill, Alex Nowrasteh and Jim Harper have noted recently that it still has some flaws. “The biggest flaw in the bill is ‘E-Verify,’ a national electronic employment verification system,” says Nowrasteh. “E-Verify is in theory supposed to keep unlawful immigrants out of the labor market. But in reality, not only will it fail to keep people out, it will also hinder job creation with expensive new regulations.” Harper agrees, adding “Politically, it appears that the price of enough conservative votes to pass a broader immigration reform package is giving the federal government the power to approve or decline every American business’s hiring decisions from now on.”

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