Friday, July 24, 2009

Deputy Director Aytes on "E-Verify"

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director Aytes testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugee and Border Security for a hearing entitled: "Interior Enforcement of Immigration Laws: Eliminating Employer Demand for Illegal Immigrants as Part of Comprehensive Immigration Reform."

It goes without saying that Aytes tesimony was in defense of the E-Verify program arguing that the program addresses illegal immigration from the demand side, i.e., going after tax paying employers, rather than actually acknowledging the reality that United States immigration laws prevent employers from hiring willing employees legally.

Aytes explained that employers can access E-Verify through a "user-friendly" government website that compares information garnered from the employee on the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) with more than 455 million records in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) database, and more than 80 million records in DHS immigration databases.

The first thing I would like to know is what is Deputy Director's Aytes definition of "user friendly", because in my experience whenever you are required to interact with a government agency, the experience is almost never "user-friendly", and requires a law degree and extensive experience in the immigration law to be able to successfully navigate.

In any event, what Deputy Director Aytes failed to mention was that the E-verify program fails to combat identity fraud, and promotes rampant abuses because there is virtually no mechanism built into the program safegaurd against an employee from providing an employer with stolen identity information which will come back valid.

Plain and simply, the E-verify system does nothing to fix the real problem, which is that our employers are unable to hire willing employees because our immigration laws prevent them from doing so. Any verification system that is implimented must be in conjunction with comprehensive immigration reform and must apply to new hires only and not existing employees, as well as including protections for existing workers, and provisions for adequate due process.

Congress and the Department need to actually fix our immigration problem, rather than coming up with ways to simply punish and make it more difficult for American employers who pay taxes and create jobs.

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  1. Now that our legislators are supposedly on the same track with E-Verify, it needs to be rigorously enforced? California--a Sanctuary State--will need exclusive attention along with other border states, because they have been occupied by millions of illegal immigrants, causing major damage to their economies. Once E-Verify is fully implemented on a permanent basis for all the working population, including all persons on a payroll? My suggestion is an army of federal inspectors of perhaps retired civil servants, senior citizens in their resident community, to make unexpected inspections on large and small businesses.

    The inspectors will probably have to be armed with a general search warrant, but honorable business will hardly impose this restriction if they have nothing to hide? This will be a strict deterrent to parasite businesses, who will never be aware--WHEN THAT FEDERAL OFFICER--is going to turn up, to observe their workers? They will audit their books and check for irregularities in the workplace. This is happening in Italy and other countries, because of the importation of illegal foreign labor, has caused major concerns amongst the countries bona-fide workers. If Washington is really sincere about the10.5 jobless Americans, then we need to impose heavy penalties on those business that scorn the law. Another possibility is a reward system for informants, who have positive knowledge of companies that are scoffing at E-Verify, and committing the offense of hiring illegal aliens. Business are living off taxpayers taxes, because they don't convey health care to their illegal hires.

    Get on the phone and tell your Representative, you support--THE SAVE ACT-- 202-224-3121 Believe it! Your voices are having the right effect.?Support for the bi-partisan SAVE Act, which will expand E-Verify and protect American jobs! We must focus on the key to this major problem-the jobs that attract illegal aliens. It would phase in a requirement for every employer to use the electronic verification system. We must also be aware that the Democrats are ready to open the gates to our nation, once a path to citizenship is announced. Search out the facts at NUMBERSUSA, AMERICANPATROL

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