Alex Nowrasteh, MSc, Immigration Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, in a Feb. 14, 2017 article, "Sen. Grassley's Proposed E-Verify Mandate Is an Expensive Dud," available at, stated:

“Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) recently introduced S. 179, known as the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act (ATEVA), to mandate E-Verify in the United States…

ATEVA is another in a long line of bills introduced to mandate E-Verify in an attempt to force employers to help enforce federal immigration law. The government should enforce its own laws rather than conscripting employers. If the government cannot enforce its own laws then that is a signal that its laws should change. Americans should not have to ask government permission to work from a federal government database. If ATEVA were to ever become law, it would be an expensive new scheme that would fail to help enforce our immigration laws and likely lead to more invasive forms of national identification.”

Feb. 14, 2017