As passed out of the committee, the bill also contains a number of provisions advocated by AMI including:
• Reducing the number of documents that can be used to establish legal status, which will help employers achieve compliance with verification rules without exposure to document fraud problems.
• A coordination between the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security to ensure Social Security numbers are not being used fraudulently.
• Safeguards for employers who attempt to verify, in good faith, the legal status of their workforce;
• Preempting state and local laws that would address the costs and difficulty of complying with multiple and differing state and local laws for businesses operating in multiple states.
• Creating a voluntary biometric pilot program to ensure the accuracy of verification results and lessen the burden on employers and employees.
Introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the bill’s next step would be approval by the full House.