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Checking E-Verify: The Costs and Consequences of a National Worker Screening Mandate

July 7, 2015 in Economics

Many policymakers believe that an essential part of immigration reform is nationally mandating the use of E-Verify, the electronic employment eligibility verification system intended to prevent unlawful immigrants from working in the United States. A mandate requiring all employers to screen their new hires through federal government databases will likely be included in immigration reform measures contemplated by the 114th Congress.  In a new paper, Cato scholars Alex Nowrasteh and Jim Harper argue that E-Verify’s high costs and ineffectiveness at deterring unlawful immigration should disqualify it as a component of immigration reform.

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