President Obama responds to Republican congressional representatives who have introduced legislation to make E-Verify mandatory.
President Obama Says E-Verify is an Effective Tool, but Needs to be Perfected - Fox News Latino: "President Obama reiterated his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform Wednesday, but said the overall initiative must go beyond E-Verify – an effective, though imperfect, tool that needs improvement.
In a wide-ranging press conference at the White House, the president repeated his quest to fix the nation's broken immigration system – but said any repair would have to balance tough security, a pathway toward legalization, and enforcement that protects, and holds accountable, employers and the immigrant workers they hire.
"E-Verify can be an important enforcement tool if it's not riddled with errors, if U.S. citizens are protected – because what I don't want is a situation in which employers are forced to set up a system that they can't be certain works," Obama said. "And we don't want to expose employers to the risk where they end up rejecting a qualified candidate for a job because the list says that that person is an illegal immigrant, and it turns out that the person isn't an illegal immigrant.
"That wouldn't be fair for the employee and would probably get the employer in trouble as well," he added."
The MexicoBlog of the Americas Program, a fiscally sponsored program of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), is written by Laura Carlsen. I monitor and analyze international press on Mexico, with a focus on security, immigration, human rights and social movements for peace and justice, from a feminist perspective. And sometimes I simply muse.
Jun 30, 2011
Immigration Politics: President Obama Says E-Verify is an Effective Tool, but Needs to be Perfected
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