Stories of immigration raids and heavy fines are as close as the nearest newspaper or Lou Dobbs rant on CNN. But at the street level, North Carolina employers know they may be caught in the crossfire as federal and state governments increase efforts to weed out illegal and undocumented workers.
Election-year politics don’t help either. Lawmakers, fearing a backlash at the polls, seem to tinker endlessly with the legal requirements employers must follow to verify employees’ employment eligibility. Although federal law primarily governs immigration issues, states—including North Carolina—are considering implementing employment verification requirements of their own. Some already have.
N.C. employers not yet border agents
Currently, private employers in North Carolina that are not federal contractors must verify their employees’ employment eligibility solely through the use of the familiar federal Form I-9.
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