Mandatory E-Verify – Bad for Business and Workers!
E-Verify is a computer database that checks the legal work status of newly hired employees through Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records. It was originally designed as a voluntary database for use by employers. The federal government only requires large federal contractors to use E-Verify. Georgia lawmakers have filed multiple bills that effectively require all private employers, including small business owners that receive no government money, to use E-Verify (Mandatory E-Verify).
Mandatory E-Verify costs unfair money and time for small business owners. Although using the database is free, having the right computer equipment, or the staff time it takes to use it, is not free. Also, if someone hired is flagged as ‘potentially unauthorized to work’, the business must go through a lengthy review process and will face legal penalties if it tries to fire or replace the person that has been flagged.
We don’t want the government to tell our us how to run our business. Immigration enforcement is the responsibility of government, not business owners. We believe in a free market economy and just want equal treatment. Many small businesses are already struggling in this economy and need to focus their time on running their business and making money, not becoming immigration officers.
E-Verify does NOT WORK: An independent audit of E-Verify recently revealed that 54% of all undocumented workers pass through E-Verify.
Asian American legal workers face a higher risk of being flagged as “illegal” by E-Verify. Due to a faulty database with millions of errors, legal foreign-born workers are 20 times more likely than native-born workers to be incorrectly identified as not authorized to work. That means, Asian American workers are more likely to be flagged as potentially ‘illegal’ by this system, which will delay their being hired, and even encourage some employers to not hire Asian workers.
E-Verify could result in the increase – not decrease – of illegal workers and a loss of $17.3 billion federal dollars over the next 10 years because of workers deciding to work in the underground market. That means less taxes, less economic stability, and less protection for all workers.
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