House Republican leaders have agreed to revise a border security package to address concerns raised by some lawmakers over provisions requiring all employers to electronically verify authorization. on the job for new hires, top lawmakers said.
Rep. Tom McClintock of California, chairman of the immigration panel of the Judiciary Committee, said on Tuesday that Republicans plan to put forward an amendment that would delay the implementation of this requirement for the agricultural industry if the secretary of Homeland Security believe it causes a disruption.
The original version of the border bill would have required all employers nationwide to electronically verify whether new hires have authorization to work in the US through a federal system called E-Verify. The requirement will be phased in over time, with a three-year implementation delay for the agricultural industry.
Farm groups have raised concerns that the employment verification mandate will weaken the industry’s workforce, which relies heavily on undocumented workers.
According to the Department of Agriculture, more than 40 percent of hired farm workers do not have legal immigration status.