Monday, July 20, 2009

E-verify? Is it a solution?

This is an interesting discussion on the E-verify system, the electronic system developed to inform employers if their applicants are actually legally authorized to work. The author argues that employer immigration enforcements are really the only way to address the failing immigration problem. He further states that the E-verify system, while imperfect, is a good start along this path.

I have no argument with finding a way to determine that employees are actually authorized to work in the U.S. I also support employer sanctions, because as this author seems to overlook, E-verify will not work if employers have decided they would prefer to hire an undocumented person. At the moment, E-verify is only required under certain circumstances, and as far as I can tell, there is no penalty for not using the system, even in those circumstances where it is required. There will have to come a time, if as a nation we are truly serious out reforming our immigration system, when we will have to come to acknowledge some hard truths. One of these is that we have to have strict penalties for employers and businesses that hire the undocumented.

The article ends with this statement:

The rational solution is a national identity card, which almost all other industrial countries have. The idea raises vehement opposition on the right and left, but we may go there through the back door as we create job cards, move toward universal health care and become ever more a part of massive information systems.

I could not agree more. Unfortunately, we may have a long road ahead of us before we're ready to face this necessity.


Brittanicus said...

E-Verify must be in-perpetuity, not voluntary, for everybody throughout the United States. Not employees who have just been hired, but everybody who is on the payroll. There should be ICE inspectors who makes lightening strikes on large and small business. The penalty for hiring illegal aliens should be extremely severe-confiscation of assets, heavy fines and certainly prison sentences. Without these pre-requisites, E-Verify will not be efficient enough. NUMBERSUSA for more details

Deb said...

Although I agree that we should penalize those who hire unauthorized workers, I think your proposed approach here is too extreme. No one needs to live like we're in a police state, which is what you describe here with the idea of "lightening strikes."

Undocumented immigrants are here to work, and they are obviously needed (otherwise, they wouldn't be hired). No need to blow this out of proportion.