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NRA member tells Congress importance of one E-Verify system

A restaurant industry veteran and former chairman of the board of directors of the National Restaurant Association testified before a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the importance of one federal E-Verify system -- instead of states mandating their own rules -- as established in the recently introduced “Legal Workforce Act.”

On behalf of the National Restaurant Association, Craig Miller of Winter Park, Fla., a former president and chief executive officer of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, told members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement that uniformity is key to an industry of 960,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets employing nearly 13 million people, noting that the nation’s second-largest private-sector employer is comprised mostly of small businesses.

“The National Restaurant Association believes that designing an employment authorization verification system is a federal role,” said Miller. “Actions by 50 different states and numerous local governments in passing employment verification laws create an untenable system for employers and their prospective employees.”

National Restaurant Association officials have worked with Chairman Lamar Smith, who engaged the business community to create a workable E-Verify program for all employers, regardless of location, that accommodates their different needs.

“In the National Restaurant Association’s opinion, not withstanding the few clarifications and minor changes needed, the Legal Workforce Act reaches the right balance with a system that is both fast and workable for businesses of every size under practical real world working conditions,” added Miller. “Without the assurances and improvement to the E-Verify system found in the Legal Workforce Act, it should not be imposed on businesses.”

Read Miller's full testimony.

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