Administration Delays E-Verify for Federal Contractors

by on January 30, 2009 · 9 comments

The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration is delaying the Bush Administration plan to require federal contractors to use the E-Verify worker background check system.

Criticizing the move, Lamar Smith (R-TX), ranking minority member on the House Judiciary Committee says, “It is ironic that at the same time President Obama was pushing for passage of the stimulus package to help the unemployed, his Administration delayed implementation of a rule designed to protect jobs for U.S. citizens and legal workers.”

E-Verify may well have been designed or intended to protect jobs for citizens and legal workers, but that’s not at all what it would do. I wrote about it in a Cato Policy Analysis titled “Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification: Franz Kafka’s Solution to Illegal Immigration” (a ten-year follow-on to Stephen Moore’s “A National Id System: Big Brother’s Solution to Illegal Immigration“):

A mandatory national EEV system would have substantial costs yet still fail to prevent illegal immigration. It would deny a sizable percentage of law-abiding American citizens the ability to work legally. Deemed ineligible by a database, millions each year would go pleading to the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration for the right to work.

Even if E-Verify were workable, mission creep would lead to its use for direct federal control of many aspects of American citizens’ lives. Though it should be scrapped, the longer E-Verify is delayed the better.

  • MikeRT

    As long as there are immigration laws on the books, employers will need help staying in compliance with them. You could just get rid of the immigration laws then, but in doing that you might as well just go ahead and strip the citizenry of any sovereignty they have left as they will be quickly outnumbered by every Tom, Dick and Harry that wants to come here.

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  • philip1111

    Yeah!!
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    The immigration laws needs to be modified!!
    The employees suffer because of these laws!!
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  • philip1111

    Yeah!!
    You are right!!
    The immigration laws needs to be modified!!
    The employees suffer because of these laws!!
    ——————–
    philip
    administration job

  • philip1111

    Yeah!!
    You are right!!
    The immigration laws needs to be modified!!
    The employees suffer because of these laws!!
    ——————–
    philip
    administration job

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