Jun 15, 2011

A Call to Stop E-Verify

From America's Voice, a call to stop legislation in Congress that would make E-Verify mandatory for all employers. 

America’s Voice | Stop E-Verify: "Today, a dangerous new anti-immigrant bill began a fast-track through the House of Representatives. The proposed legislation is called “Mandatory E-Verify” and its stated purpose is to get all undocumented workers in America fired from their jobs and prevent them from getting new ones.

Two of the masterminds behind the GOP's mass deportation (of immigrants) strategy, Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and Elton Gallegly (R-CA), chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee, are introducing new legislation intended to bring about their extremist fantasy: the expulsion of 11 million undocumented immigrants and their families.

In a recent op-ed, the duo tries to sell E-Verify as a 'successful tool for employers.' With a fail rate of 50%, E-Verify is anything but successful. We all want to crack down on unscrupulous employers who take advantage of workers, but that's not what E-Verify does. Instead, E-Verify will give bad employers even more control over desperate workers who move off the books and into the cash economy, reducing tax revenue and expanding the exploitation of workers.

The consequences of mandatory E-Verify aren’t limited to immigrant workers. The Smith/Gallegly E-Verify plan would cause almost 800,000 Americans to lose their jobs due to errors in the government databases; force an additional 4 million legal workers into an administrative quagmire; create an undue burden on small businesses; nearly wipe out the agricultural workforce; and result in loss of tax revenue, increasing the deficit. "

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