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Feds put pressure on employers of illegal immigrants

Mar 11, 2011 Matt Roesly

A bill recently introduced in Congress would require all U.S. employers to use the government's E-Verify system to screen employment applicants and current employees to ensure legal immigration status. The proposal, Jobs Recovery by Ensuring a Legal American Workforce Act, seeks to make the E-Verify program permanent and enforce penalties for all employers who fail to comply with laws banning the use of illegal labor Employers who were found to hire illegal immigrants would be fined between $2,500 and $5,000 for the first offense, between $7,500 and $15,000 for the second and between $25,000 and $50,000 for the third and all subsequent offenses. The law would also prohibit employers from claiming deductions on wages paid to an illegal alien. The federal government has been cracking down on employers who use illegal labor. The president of a Chicago-area staffing company was recently sentenced to 18 months in prison for hiring illegal aliens, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement news release. Clinton Roy Perkins pleaded guilty to knowingly hiring more than 10 illegal Mexican immigrants as temporary workers.