Last week, the House passed legislation, HB36, to require all employers with 25 or more employees to use the E-Verify system. E-Verify is a federal Internet-based system that allows employers, using an employee’s Form I-9 information, to determine the legal immigration status of potential and current employees.
However, this week the Senate significantly watered down the bill in its sixth edition, requiring only counties, cities, and entities contracting with government agencies and with 25 or more employees, and their subcontractors, to use E-Verify.
Such a change would omit and exempt the majority of employers in North Carolina. Because the bill was so severally altered, the House was required to concur with the Senate modifications. However, rather than accept the new useless bill, the House voted not to concur 71-45. It looks like it’s back to the drawing board for HB 36. Hopefully, the House version will reemerge in committee so that we can begin to tackle the illegal immigration problem in our state.