Carr: SCOTUS Ruling on E-Verify Bodes Well for TN

Press Release from the House Republican Caucus, May 26, 2011:

Representative Joe Carr Releases Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s E-Verify Decision

(May 26, 2011, NASHVILLE) – On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Arizona’s use of the federal E-Verify program is constitutional.

The State created the law back in 2007. It allows Arizona to suspend the licenses of businesses that “intentionally or knowingly” violate work-eligibility verification requirements. Companies would be required under that law to use E-Verify, a federal database to check the documentation of current and prospective employees.

Last week, Tennessee passed similar legislation that mandates all companies in Tennessee to use the E-Verify program or check drivers’ licenses of potential employees.

After learning of the decision, Representative Joe Carr (R—Lascassas) released the following statement:

“I am extremely encouraged by today’s Supreme Court ruling. The E-Verify program is an efficient way for businesses and government to partner up and verify the eligibility of every worker.

“The nation is waking up to the fact the federal government has fallen down on the job when it comes to border security. Today’s decision paves the way for States to move forward with a simple solution that will help ensure the integrity of our nation’s workforce.”

The case is Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting (09-115).

  • Donna Locke

    Carr’s bill is not similar to the Arizona law. Arizona mandates use of E-Verify and backs it up with business-license penalties only, the toughest and, in fact, the only kind of penalties federal law allows states to impose in cases involving employment of unauthorized aliens. Carr’s bill only encourages E-Verify use, does not mandate it, and is built around fines penalties.

    Under Carr’s bill, if employers choose the keep-a-copy-of-a-hire’s-submitted-document option, in lieu of E-Verifying the hire, the employer does not have to verify the document’s validity. In that option, there is no requirement to “check” in any way a hire’s driver’s license or other personal document. The employer is required only to “request and maintain a copy” of the driver’s license or other specified document.

    http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Amend/HA0533.pdf

    This reminds me. I need to check my laundry downstairs. It has probably finished spinning. Can’t say the same for Carr….