Michigan Immigrant Rights Center
Legislative Alert: House Bill 4130
February 16, 2017
Primary Sponsor: Jim Runestad (R- District 44)
Other Sponsors: Hank Vaupel (R-District 47); Tim Kelly (R-District 94); Peter Lucido (R-District 36)
01/31/2017: Introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Commerce and Trade.
Bill Summary: This bill would require public employers and State contractors and their subcontractors, to register and participate in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's electronic verification of work authorization program ("E-verify"), and to verify the lawful presence and residency status of all their employees or else be fined and/or terminated from future State contracts for violations.
Anyone who is found to have knowingly and willfully made a false statement as to his or her work authorization, including those submitted by State contractors and subcontractors concerning the work eligibility of their employees, will be guilty of perjury under Section 750.423 of the Michigan Penal Code, which is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than fifteen (15) years.
Background and Analysis:
There are significant issues with the accuracy of the E-verify system, including errors in the database which can lead to authorized workers and U.S. citizens being denied their legal right to work. Our partners at the National Immigration Law Center maintain the following page with background information and data about issues with the system:
In addition, this bill adds a new layer of criminalization at the state level that targets low-wage immigrant workers. The actions it describes are already federal crimes that result in harsh penalties for undocumented workers who have been excluded from regular migration and employment authorization.