Illegal immigration continues to threaten our homeland security and economic security.  Since the last several sessions of Congress failed to come to a consensus and implement a comprehensive immigration plan, we should at least take advantage of incremental reforms with proven success.  Such needed reforms include finally securing our nation’s borders and improving the electronic employment verification system.  

In addition to making the E-VERIFY program permanent, my IMPROVES Act also makes several needed improvements to the program.  Improvements like permitting the prescreening of prospective employees to let businesses confirm an individual’s work eligibility before beginning to pay or train an individual.  It also allows an employer to screen current employees and provides immunity to employers who legally use the program.  This will make the program more attractive by ensuring that American businesses that are using this free and voluntary program are not held liable.