Support for Legal Workforce Act

6/14/2011
Letters to Congress

​ June 14, 2011

The Honorable Lamar Smith
Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
 
Dear Chairman Smith:
 
On behalf of the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP), I am writing to thank you for introducing the Legal Workforce Act, legislation that would rightly create one, federal electronic employment eligibility system.  

ACIP is the leading trade association that advocates for sound business immigration policy.  Our members consist of over 220 of America’s largest companies, universities and non-profit research institutions.  We represent the in-house human resource and legal professionals responsible for hiring and verifying the employment eligibility of employees at locations across the United States. 
 
Our members uniquely know the challenges that a patchwork of state and local verification laws could pose, and we applaud you for including federal preemption of such a disparate network of laws in your legislation.  Given the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America et al. v. Whiting et al., federal preemption is the right direction.
 
We also applaud the legislation for embracing the latest technology to make the E-Verify system uniform for all employers and for including a biometric pilot program, which we believe is a necessary component to ensuring the accuracy and reliability of any employment verification system.  Employers work hard to balance their verification duties with nondiscrimination requirements, and they must be able to hire with confidence, knowing that the person they clear for hiring is in fact the person he or she claims to be.
 
We thank you again for introducing the Legal Workforce Act, and we look forward to working with you to ensure the system created is workable for all employers.
 
Respectfully submitted,
                                                           
Lynn Shotwell
Executive Director, ACIP
 
 
cc:        The Honorable John Conyers, Jr.​


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