ACLU-PA Position: Opposes
HB 1170 P.N. 2129 seeks to prevent unauthorized workers from gaining employment by requiring that all construction workers seek permission from the government when starting a job. In order to detect the small percentage of job seekers who are unauthorized workers, a mandatory E-Verify system creates a whole new level of intrusive government oversight of daily life—a bureaucratic “prove yourself to work” system that hurts ordinary people. Expanding mandatory E-Verify in Pennsylvania would impose unnecessary and unacceptable burdens on America’s workers and businesses. It would contribute to a massive government database of workers’ information that threatens privacy and could be used to facilitate additional forms of data surveillance. In addition, given the E-Verify error rate, mandatory use could result in authorized workers being denied the ability to work without a meaningful avenue to seek redress.