An almond farmer opposed to E-Verify with his foreman in California. (AP)Some conservative groups are protesting a bill championed by House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that would compel all employers to use the government-run E-verify system to ensure they are only hiring legal workers.
The bill passed out of committee Wednesday. Republican lawmakers were not swayed by a letter from Tea Party Nation, GOProud and 25 other libertarian, tea party and conservative groups arguing that the law will compel "employers to become enforcement agents of the federal government" and infringe on job applicants' civil liberties. The program checks Social Security numbers against a government database to ensure job applicants haven't forged their documentation.Read More »from Libertarian groups oppose national E-verify bill