Mandating e verify

03-Jan-2016 13:30

But demanding that businesses rely on an untrustworthy program to do so is not.

Every year for the last five, immigration hawks in Congress have sought to require all businesses to use an error-plagued federal system known as E-Verify to ensure that all new hires are U. That's nice in theory, but there is little evidence to suggest that out-of-work Americans will rush in to pick onions, slaughter cattle, mow lawns or wash dishes if undocumented immigrants are driven away.

As predicted, undocumented immigrants fled the fields.

This year’s proposal, known as the Legal Workforce Act, deserves special attention because it’s being disingenuously advertised as a jobs plan. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, says that expanding E-Verify nationally will exorcise illegal immigrants from the workforce and create new opportunities for unemployed Americans.Consider recent events in Georgia, where lawmakers enacted harsh laws targeting illegal immigrants and requiring employers to use E-Verify.A 2010 report conducted for the government by the research group Westat found that E-Verify failed to detect illegal workers 54 percent of the time. In addition, Westat estimates that just under 1 percent of all legal applicants would be tagged as unauthorized. Smith’s bill wouldn’t provide American businesses with a legal workforce.It would merely drive millions of undocumented workers further underground, where unscrupulous employers can more easily exploit them. Requiring employers to hire legal workers is the right thing to do.These proposals would cripple small businesses, impose a “right to work” tax on millions of workers, and cost hundreds of thousands of U.

This year’s proposal, known as the Legal Workforce Act, deserves special attention because it’s being disingenuously advertised as a jobs plan. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, says that expanding E-Verify nationally will exorcise illegal immigrants from the workforce and create new opportunities for unemployed Americans.

Consider recent events in Georgia, where lawmakers enacted harsh laws targeting illegal immigrants and requiring employers to use E-Verify.

A 2010 report conducted for the government by the research group Westat found that E-Verify failed to detect illegal workers 54 percent of the time. In addition, Westat estimates that just under 1 percent of all legal applicants would be tagged as unauthorized. Smith’s bill wouldn’t provide American businesses with a legal workforce.

It would merely drive millions of undocumented workers further underground, where unscrupulous employers can more easily exploit them. Requiring employers to hire legal workers is the right thing to do.

These proposals would cripple small businesses, impose a “right to work” tax on millions of workers, and cost hundreds of thousands of U.

Every year for the last five, immigration hawks in Congress have sought to require all businesses to use an error-plagued federal system known as E-Verify to ensure that all new hires are U. That’s nice in theory, but there is little evidence to suggest that out-of-work Americans will rush in to pick onions, slaughter cattle, mow lawns or wash dishes if undocumented immigrants are driven away.