Federal Bill for Mandatory E-Verify Not Likely to Pass
November 9, 2011
Although the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885) has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee, it is unlikely that the bill will become federal law. Most House Democrats oppose H.R. 2885, which was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith in September and would mandate the use of E-Verify across the nation. The bill also concerns some House Republicans, particularly regarding its effects on states' rights, the federal government's enforcement of the E-Verify system, and its potentially devastating impact on the agriculture industry.