The Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce have announced several immigration reforms under existing law, including eight that apply to worksite enforcement. DHS came out with its version previously, the Commerce department is a new addition.

The new rules address border security, interior enforcement, guest-worker programs, immigration and immigrant assimilation. But they include additional reforms that apply to worksite enforcement, such as:

  • Require employers to take specified steps within 90 days of receiving a "No Match" letter for employees with inaccurate personal identity information;
  • Reduce the number of documents that employers must accept to confirm an employee's identity and work eligibility;
  • Raise the civil fines imposed on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants by 25 percent;
  • Expand criminal investigations against employers who knowingly hire large numbers of illegal workers;
  • Start a rulemaking process to require all federal contracts and vendors to use the Federal Electronic Employment Verification System — or E-Verify) system — to ensure employees are authorized to work in the United States;
  • Assist states in making greater use of E-Verify through outreach and technical assistance;
  • Bolster E-Verify by expanding the data sources it can check;
  • Seek voluntary state partners willing to share their department-of-motor vehicle photos and records with E-Verify.

Source: Department of Homeland Security,