Denver weighs immigration checks for city work

DENVER — Denver is considering requiring companies to check the immigration status of its employees for city construction contracts.

The City Council gave initial approval to the proposal on a 9-4 vote on Monday. A final vote is expected next week.

The proposal would require companies to use the federal E-Verify program to check whether workers are in the country legally. The program works by checking information collected by an employer against data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.

Denver already requires E-Verify for city service contracts.

Opponents of the program say it could wrongly identify workers who are in the country legally. Proponents say mistakes are rare and errors can be appealed.


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