September 2nd, 2009 11:17 AM
Looks like E-Verify is going to happen after all.
Contractors Must Check For Immigrant Status - Government Inc.
Contractors Must Check For Immigrant Status
Looks like E-Verify is going to happen after all.
Starting Sept. 8, federal contractors will have to participate in a broad effort to crack down on illegal immigration by confirming that employees are allowed to work in the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the Obama administration's support of the decade-old program on July 8.
That mandate, requiring contractors to use the system known as E-Verify, has been delayed repeatedly. Critics have complained that the system, which verifies that employees have legitimate Social Security numbers, often gets it wrong. Napolitano said the system has improved.
"Requiring those who seek federal contracts to use this system will create a more reliable and legal workforce. The rule complements our Department's continued efforts to strengthen immigration law enforcement and protect critical employment opportunities. As Senator Schumer and others have recognized, we need to continue to work to improve E-Verify, and we will.
"The federal contractor rule extends use of the E-Verify system to covered federal contractors and subcontractors, including those who receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. After a careful review, the Administration will push ahead with full implementation of the rule, which will apply to federal solicitations and contract awards Government-wide starting on September 8, 2009."
A story by Washington Technology's Alice Lipowicz included these thoughts:
"Implementing the mandatory E-Verify system has been postponed four times, first in January. White House officials said they needed more time to review a pending lawsuit brought by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that challenged the constitutionality of mandatory E-Verify use by federal contractors, which had started as an executive order by President George W. Bush.
"Under Bush's executive order, about 168,000 federal contractors were to begin mandatory use of E-Verify starting this January. The order applies to federal contracts valued at more than $100,000 and subcontracts worth more than $3,000.
"The lawsuit challenging the rule is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Co-plaintiffs with the chamber are the Society for Human Resource Management, the Associated Builders and Contractors, the HR Policy Association, and the American Council on International Personnel. Chamber officials were not immediately available for comment today."
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September 2nd, 2009 11:20 AM
I like it but I fear them forcing everyone to use it as a means of tracking and control later on.
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September 2nd, 2009 11:27 AM
At this point, I think this only pertains to Gov. contractors/subcontractors. It wouldnt hurt to implement this into the public sector as well. There are alot of Americans out of work that illegal aliens have. I know this opens a new can of worms but re-employing Americans should be a priority too.
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September 2nd, 2009 12:12 PM
When seconds count, help is minutes away!
September 2nd, 2009 12:12 PM
Originally Posted by Rcher
September 2nd, 2009 12:19 PM
Originally Posted by Paco
I agree with this,. It is a bittersweet,.. If we controled the boarders better, there wouldn't be the need for this,.. I'm sure most business people know when they are hiring someone that is illegal,.. They just chose to look the other way and pretend they don't know..
September 2nd, 2009 12:43 PM
I applaud the purpose and wish there were a way to make something like E-verify actually work, but there isn't.
One big problem, there are always people who fall through the cracks one way or another and don't have the documents everyone else thinks everyone else should have.
For example, while watching the story about the young kidnapped lady who gave birth to two children while in captivity, my wife commented: "can you imagine what it is going to be like trying to get a social security number for them without a birth-certificate?"
There is always something. Bldgs containing records burn down, have floods. People lose pieces of paper, including pieces of paper needed to get other pieces of paper.
Even if you put microchips in every kid at birth (impossible if you think about the example above) there will inevitably be people who just can not come up with the specific types of documents the paper pushers will insist upon.
So, while I think the idea of asking employers to verify id is meant well, I am certain some people will be the victim of outcomes beyond their control.
I don't worry about an overbearing government using this to blackball people. I do worry about all the folks out there who are legally here and naturally born here who will for one reason or another lack the paper.
I recall a news story about a newly widowed 35 year old who had never had a DL. After her husband died she could not get a DL without a birth certificate (which she had lost) and could not get a certified copy of the lost birth certificate without a DL. Checkmate.
September 2nd, 2009 12:52 PM
September 2nd, 2009 12:58 PM
I agree, we must do something to stop illegal aliens from
Originally Posted by Rcher
taking Americans and legal aliens jobs.
Don't believe what you hear and only half of what you see!
September 2nd, 2009 01:32 PM
Really? Why are the "Americans and legal aliens" jobs being taken I might ask? Maybe if the Americans and legal aliens weren't dirty rotten lazy ...well you know. they wouldn't "lose" jobs. It's a fair fight folks. No fight in life is ever fair, but this one is. SUCK IT UP! Simple fact of the matter is that the "illegals" work harder, cheaper. You want the job that you think some "illegal" "Stole" from you? DO A BETTER JOB!
Originally Posted by varob
Flippin lazy buggers are getting on my nerves. Yes, I'm a ribs and corn-fed, white american and no, my job hasn't been stolen and I work my hind end off for it too!
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September 2nd, 2009 01:42 PM
I agree something needs to be done with this, perhaps it may not be the best system, but it is a start. As for the border itself, they can't build that fence fast enough and they need to send more border patrol agents as well.
I think back to the great book, "when nations die" I read back in the 1990s, where uncontrolled immigration was described as one of the telltale signs of nations and empires in decline....
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined". - Patrick Henry
September 2nd, 2009 01:43 PM
I don't want to see this happen! If it works, you and I will be in the system soon. As stated before me, there are those that simply will fall through the system. When I drove a truck, there was one guy that was born in rual GA, and at home. He never had a BC, and was never able to get one because there was no proff of his birth!?!
Y'all be safe now, ya hear!
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September 2nd, 2009 01:58 PM
Which only goes to show she should've gotten her driver's license when she was a teenager, like virtually everybody else in the country.
Originally Posted by Hopyard
Illegal immigration is destroying the country as we know it, and e-verify is a good first step. As far as I'm concerned, your 35-year old can ride the bus.
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September 2nd, 2009 05:36 PM
So, do you want to make it a law that everyone must get a DL at 16? Not that doing so would solve the missing papers issue.
Originally Posted by Defensive Arms
Lots of people don't learn to drive at 16 because their parents can't afford it, don't own a car, or live in the middle of big cities where cars aren't a necessity. There are kids who don't have library cards, school photo id, etc., because they are schooled at home and don't use public resources. what are they to use for ID if a BC can't be located?
The fact is, a small but not insignificant proportion of people born here do not have "papers." I had a boss who was born in the mid-west, served in the Army and was honorably discharged, but didn't have and couldn't get a birth certificate* because the town hall had burned down. It was big time fun for him when he needed a passport.
Besides, we should be able to go about our business without having to produce papers like in all the totalitarian places you all concern yourselves with. The need for ID is a relatively new thing. Now we have Red Lock Rules; hotels asking for ID; and DL being used as an internal passport even to get on a bus or buy an Amtrack ticket. IT is all very "expedient" and fundamentally wrong.
*Not that a birth certificate has ever actually been any form of proof that the bearer is actually the individual who was born on the day and at the location indicated. The whole entire system is deeply flawed.
September 2nd, 2009 07:20 PM
You're already in a system (but not the E-Verify system).
Originally Posted by carver
Every employer you've ever worked for should have required you to fill out a W-4 and an I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification).
E-Verify is an Immigration database. Employers use it to verify the employment eligibility of aliens (foreign nationals). E-Verify is not (and never will be) used for American citizens.
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