Businesses seek to delay implementation of E-Verify

Published 3 September 2009

A business coalition files suit to prevent DHS from implementing E-verify as of next Tuesday; E-Verify would require federal contractors to verify the legal status of their workers

A coalition of business groups, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, filed for an emergency court order yesterday to prevent a rule from going into effect that would require federal contractors to verify the legal status of their workers.

CongressDaily’s Chris Strohm writes that the group, including the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. and Society for Human Resource Management, asked the U.S. District Court for Maryland for an emergency injunction to stop the Homeland Security Department from requiring contractors to use the so-called E-Verify system. The rule is scheduled to go into effect Tuesday. The court rejected the coalition’s lawsuit against the rule last week. The injunction would allow time for the coalition to pursue an appeal.

Angelo Amador, executive director of immigration policy for the Chamber, said the primary problem is that the rule would mandate that contractors verify the legal status of current workers, rather than only for new hires. Business groups also fear they could be held liable if their subcontractors hired illegal immigrants, he said.