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WashPost: E-Verify Harsher on Employees Than Businesses

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L.M. Otero (AP)

By    |   Thursday, 26 September 2019 02:31 PM

The enforcement of the E-Verify system that guards against hiring illegal immigrants is more strictly enforced against the workers than the employers who knowingly hired them, The Washington Post reports.

In Mississippi last month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 680 illegal immigrants, including the largest raid on a workplace in more than a decade Aug. 7. Although hundreds of workers were apprehended and taken to ICE detention centers, none of their employers have been charged despite court records showing that these businesses knew that some or many of their workers were undocumented and still hired them.

Syracuse University maintains a database of the criminal prosecutions of the employers of illegal immigrants, they found that only 11 individuals and no companies were charged between April 2018 and March 2019, and few of those who are convicted face prison sentences.

Mississippi, along with eight other states, requires almost every business to check their new employees with the E-Verify system that can check their documents with the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security databases.

The Post notes that employers frequently fail to use the system, the states fail to impose significant penalties of businesses with political influence, and the federal government has taken little action to punish businesses that hire undocumented workers, noting that President Donald Trump's family business had dozens or unauthorized workers up until recently.

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