Supporters of E-Verify say that, with minimal effort, the program ensures that jobs are filled only by U.S. citizens and those foreigners who are legally authorized to work
The Washington Post today published a piece on E-Verify, the swift, voluntary electronic system the government offers employers for determining the immigration status of workers. Critics of the tool say that unveiling the millions of undocumented workers would cause job loss for legal workers “upstream and downstream.” This deflectionism neglects to take into account the incredibly poor and unfair working conditions under which the unverified workers operate. These workers, regardless of country of origin, are being abused. E-Verify’s primary accomplishment will be to free these workers from certain physical, economic and emotional harm.
Independent analyses of the E-Verify program by the Government Accountability Office and a Maryland research group known as Westat show that the overwhelming majority of those legally allowed to work in the country are quickly approved.
A recent study showed that nearly half of New Jersey’s day laborers experience wage theft. Chipotle, after a recent undocumented worker scandal, is considering implementing E-Verify nationwide.
Randel Johnson, Senior VP of the nation’s most accomplished false advertiser, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, made this laughable argument in the WaPo piece:
“With some companies, it is the logistical problem of having a computer on your construction site.”
Give us a break. It’s 2011. Employers large and small have the technology necessary to implement and benefit from E-Verify.
Perhaps Mr. Johnson’s been re-watching Zoolander?
Read the entire Washington Post piece HERE.