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What is the most important provision for employers in comprehensive immigration reform legislation?

 
 
 
 

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Immigration

Position: SUPPORT COMPREHENSIVE REFORM WHICH PROTECTS   EMPLOYERS
Status: EXECUTIVE ORDER ISSUED; LEGISLATION PENDING

History
Shortly after the 2014 elections, President Obama delivered an address detailing his plans to move forward on immigration reform. Specifically, the president discussed his plans to sign an Executive Order that would "defer action" in regards to deportation of (1) parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for more than five years and (2) undocumented migrants brought to the U.S. as children (within a specific timeframe). In response, Republican leaders are accusing the president of violating and subverting the Constitution by failing to respect the balance of powers and faithfully execute the laws of the land.

Position
The NFA believes in comprehensive immigration reform that includes the following provisions:

  • Protects employers who act in compliance: Employers who fully comply with the law should not be held liable for inaccuracies in verification systems.
  • Consolidates the I-9 form with the E-Verify database: Requiring employers to submit multiple forms will lead to an increase in errors. 
  • Does not place additional burdens on franchisees to enforce the law: While employers are willing to do their part in ensuring the legality of their employees, they should not be seen as the policemen of the industry.