“The bill — supported by senators like Democrat Chuck Schumer and Republican John McCain — calls for employers to use the federal E-Verify database, and check whether workers are legal for employment, according to a report from Florida Watchdog. Nine states use the E-Verify plan; privacy rights groups have criticized the database as an infringement.
Specifically, Mr. Rubio’s plan says that “dramatically reducing future illegal immigration can only be achieved by developing a tough, fair, effective and mandatory employment verification system,” according to the report.
If Mr. Rubio’s bill passes, employers nationwide would be prohibited from hiring any workers who have not been cleared through the federal E-Verify system.
Critics of the database system say it’s too costly for small businesses to use, and it’s a serious constitutional concern.