Tennessee bill to expand immigration job screening advances

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A bill that would require more Tennessee small businesses to use the E-Verify program to screen whether workers have legal immigration status to work in the U.S. has passed the state House.

The House passed Republican Rep. Bruce Griffey’s bill Monday. It still needs to pass multiple Senate hurdles.

The legislation would decrease the number of employees that a business must have from 50 to 25 to face the E-Verify requirement. It also would extend the mandate to governmental entities. The changes would take effect for new hires starting in January 2020.

Griffey has seen a slate of other immigration bills fail. One voted down Tuesday would have required people preparing birth certificates to verify that the child’s parents are in the country legally and mark it on the document.

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