Bipartisan Committee Passage of S. 744 Positive Step, But Improvements Needed

5/22/2013
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May 22, 2013 ACIP Contact: Samantha Greene
The Fratelli Group
(202) 822-9491

SHRM Contact: Kate Kennedy
(703) 535-6260

Committe​e Passage of Bipartisan Immigration Bill Positive Step, But Improvements Needed to Ensure Reforms Work for U.S. Employers


Green Card Provisions ‘Encouraging,’ But Employment Verification Reforms and Lack of Trusted Employer System ‘Concerning,’ Say ACIP and SHRM


Washington, D.C. – The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) today welcomed bipartisan passage of the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” (S. 744) by the Senate Judiciary Committee, commending provisions that will improve the employment-based green card system to attract top world talent, but expressing strong concern with the changes made to the employment verification system and overall system efficiency issues.

“This bill goes a long way to improve the ability of U.S. employers to attract and retain the top talent who will help us continue to lead in the 21st century global economy,” said ACIP Executive Director Lynn Shotwell. “We applaud the Committee and the ‘Gang of Eight’ for their efforts to achieve reform. Work still needs to be done to ensure system efficiencies – including enacting a Trusted Employer system long advocated by ACIP – so that U.S. employers and federal agencies can most effectively navigate the system.”

“We are pleased to see the process moving forward, but the employment verification system this bill would create would not protect against identity theft at our ‘second border’ – the worksite – as it builds upon the current flawed paper-based system while at the same time exposing employers to liabilities for ‘paperwork’ errors. We strongly encourage lawmakers to implement a 21st century verification system that eliminates paper-based recordkeeping and inspections and moves toward a fully electronic, secure system that authenticates identity and verifies employment eligibility when the bill comes before the full Senate,” said Michael Aitken, SHRM Vice President of Government Affairs.

Shotwell and Aitken both noted that Committee passage of the immigration reform bill “demonstrates the real commitment from policymakers on both sides of the aisle to modernize our outdated immigration system,” and they pledged that ACIP and SHRM “stand ready to work with all stakeholders to further improve the bill to ensure the system, as reformed, works for U.S. employers and the American workforce.”

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