Here are some articles regarding Arizona and Tennessee’s newly passed law requiring all businesses to verify the legality of their employees or face severe penalties. It would be nice if we could rely on a government database, but we know all too well that our government is the last place you’ll find reliability and accuracy.
Of course these law do nothing to help anyone, but rather they seek to destroy the lives of people that are contributing to our country. These businesses will not be hurt as much as those workers that cannot prove they are legal citizens or get caught up trying to prove they are legal after a faulty E-Verify database decides they shouldn’t be here.
Even more disturbing then these businesses having to rely on a unreliable government database (the same government that was trying to issue visas to dead 9/11 hijackers) is the fact that citizens are encouraged to call in any businesses they believe are using illegal migrant labor. Sadly this will most likely translate into any businesses that hires Hispanics.
On January 1st, employers in Arizona and Tennessee will begin having to comply with controversial new immigration laws that make those states enforcers of immigration law right along with the federal government. Whether state and local governments have the legal right to be doing this is the subject of many court battles around the country since the Founding Fathers clearly gave Congress the sole authority to regulate immigration. But with a Congress seemingly paralyzed in its attempts to get a handle on immigration policy and with 1400 bills pending around the country, the new reality is that employers will need to comply with a whole new set of laws on top of the existing federal rules.
Valley employers not enforcing new immigrant sanctions law?
Reported by: Tim Vetscher
A new law penalizing employers who hire illegal immigrants took effect at midnight on Tuesday.
But thousands of Arizona employers have yet to use the free government service to determine if their workers are legal.
Report: E-verify database fails standard test
11/26/07 — 05:56 PM
By Alice Lipowicz
The E-Verify program uses a database that does not meet accuracy standards set by Congress, according to a new report from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
E-Verify, which allows employers to verify Social Security numbers for new workers, is jointly run by USCIS and the Social Security Administration. It was previously known as Basic Pilot and Web Basic Pilot, and renamed E-Verify in August.
Arizona tries to curb illegal workers by strangling its own economy
By THOMAS G. DONLAN
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2007
Unfortunately for business owners and some legal workers, the data in the E-Verify system are frequently wrong or out-of-date, according to numerous reports from the Government Accountability Office and other researchers.
In the federal government’s own experience, mandating use of E-Verify is of questionable utility. A year after the Department of Homeland Security announced that the government itself would use it to check on people it hired, most agencies had not begun to do so. As of November 2007, only five out of 22 offices, bureaus and agencies in the Homeland Security Department itself were using E-Verify.
IMMIGRANTS: Frederick County official seeks to penalize those hiring illegals
By The Associated Press
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
FREDERICK (AP) — A Frederick County commissioner is seeking penalties for local businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
Republican Charles A. Jenkins says new laws in other states designed to curb hiring of illegals encouraged him to develop a similar proposal that he hopes to submit to the Board of County Commissioners in February.