As of January 1, 2012, five more states require the use of E-Verify to check work authorization status of new hires, while California took the opposite stance and made it illegal for municipalities to mandate that companies use the program unless required by federal law.
Columnist Erwin de Leon says voters in next year’s presidential election will have a choice between GOP candidates who favor enforcement-only immigration policies and a president who says the right words but has yet to deliver on immigration reform.
The newest GOP presidential candidate has already been criticized by Republican immigration hard-liners for his policies in Texas, where Hispanics make up 38 percent of the population.
Fi2W columnist Erwin de Leon on the bill introduced this week by Rep. Lamar Smith that would make E-Verify mandatory nationwide.
Both supporters and opponents of Arizona’s SB 1070 see reason for hope in last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the state law requiring employers to verify the immigration status of prospective employees.
The high court has heard arguments on the Arizona Employer Sanctions law which allows the state to revoke the license of businesses that hire undocumented immigrants–and requires participation in the federal E-Verify program.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief Alan Bersin says border security is not enough. He wants tougher enforcement of laws designed to weed out immigrants who have committed serious crimes and target employers who exploit undocumented workers.
After a two year battle, voters in the small Nebraska city approve a measure that will essentially make it impossible for paperless immigrants to live or work within city-limits.
E-Verify, the often-criticized electronic system for checking workers’ immigration status, is apparently here to stay. President Obama’s chief of Citizenship and Immigration Services defended the system this week as the government continues to expand its use. Alejandro Mayorkas, the director…
By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor The employee immigration status verification system known as E-Verify –hailed by conservatives, criticized by immigrant advocates– expired Friday. But the Senate was poised to renew it through Sept. 30 as part of the massive…