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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 2, 2017 01:47 PM
From: Representative Daryl D. Metcalfe and Rep. Dom Costa
To: All House members
Subject: E-Verify
The federal government has a voluntary program, known as the Employment Eligibility Verification Program, (E-Verify), to help employers determine whether prospective employees are unauthorized aliens. The program is operated jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. E-Verify is a free program and is the best means available for determining employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
In the near future we intend to introduce legislation to require all employers in the Commonwealth to use E-Verify. Our legislation will do the following:
  • Employers in Pennsylvania shall verify employment eligibility of an employee using E-Verify.
  • On receipt of a complaint that an employer knowingly employs an illegal alien, the attorney general or district attorney shall investigate.
  • Penalties for violation of the act include permanent suspension of all state-issued licenses necessary to do business in the Commonwealth.
  • Random compliance audits will be initiated by the Department of Labor or any elected official in the Commonwealth.
While immigration reform is primarily a federal issue, Pennsylvania can and should be doing more to ensure that jobs in this Commonwealth are occupied by United States citizens and those who are residing here legally.

Please join us in sponsoring this legislation. Any questions please contact Gina Deppen at 783-1707 or gdeppen@pahousegop.com.

Introduced as HB856