Protect the Dreamers, but Don't Fall for an E-Verify “Compromise”

US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano speaks during a news conference to announce the launch of E-Verify Self Check service March 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Democratic leaders working with Trump to protect DACA recipients may be unwilling to fund a border wall, but they seem open to concessions on E-Verify — a system for checking on work authorization. However, universal E-Verify would only drive undocumented workers into the underground economy, costing billions of dollars in tax revenue and mostly benefiting big businesses that use subcontractors.

US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano speaks during a news conference to announce the launch of E-Verify Self Check service March 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

E-Verify is back on the political agenda.

For years, politicians have wanted to force all of the country’s 7.7 million private employers to check new hires against this online system — which compares employees’ documents with government databases in order to catch immigrants without work authorization — but so far, the efforts to impose a universal E-Verify requirement have failed. Now the idea has been given new life by a tentative agreement that President Trump and Democratic leaders made on September 13 to promote legislation protecting the immigrants previously covered by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

An E-Verify requirement for all employers is part of the list of immigration “principles” the White House issued on October 8; policies that Republican legislators might demand in exchange for helping DACA recipients. Meanwhile, anti-immigrant organizations and Republican senators have been calling for a new E-Verify push. The National Review announced that making E-Verify mandatory “should be non-negotiable.”

Democratic leaders say their …read more

Via:: Truthout

      

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