E-Verify is About Culture, Not Jobs

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December 2012


In the ongoing battle over illegal immigration, one new tool is E-Verify, an electronic system maintained by the Department of Homeland Security that allows employers to easily check the legal status of employees or job applicants. The standard argument for E-Verify is economic - to cull illegal immigrants from the workforce to have more jobs for legal residents - but our research suggests the issue is about culture not money.