On Dec9,2005 the House Judiciary Committee passed HR 4437 Amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act. This bill was filed by House Judiciary Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI), it includes a provision that requires employers to screen new hires for employment eligibility. It also requires the Department of Homeland Security to establish and administer a verification system which establishes a method to compare the name and social security number provided in an employer inquiry against the database maintained by the Social Security Commission.
The bill would make it mandatory for employers to check all hires within the next six years. The legislation increases penalties for employers who fail to seek verification of employment eligibility or knowingly employ illegal immigrants. The maximum fine for first-time violation will be increased from $10,000 to $25,000. The bill will now be sent to the full Senate. Landlord2Landlord will keep members informed as this legislation develops.