Illegal Immigration Still a Hot Issue

 New Bill introduced would substantially increase penalties to employers knowingly employing illegal immigrants.

A Republican House Representative from NC, Rep. Sue Wilkins Myrick, has introduced a new bill increasing the penalties under the Immigration and Nationality Act.  The bill, called 10k Run for the Border Act (HR 588), would increase the fines to employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens (or undocumented workers) to between $10,000 and $80,000 for each first violation up to $200,000 for each repeat violation and a potential $1.6 million for “pattern” violators.  If enacted the bill would increase the fines by 4,000% from the current penalties of $250 to $2,000 for first offenders.

Employers need to stay aware of the employment status of their employees, and make sure that they are following the current employment verification requirements of the federal government and state governments that they are working in.

Source: Open Congress