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More Love for Shuler-Tancredo…NOT!

April 30, 2008 - Posted by Douglas Rivlin

Another editorial page weighs in on the mandatory electronic employment verification proposals being debated in Congress.  The Miami Herald’s editorial page doesn’t really seem to like them mainly because of their impact on the legal workforce.

At first glance, the idea seems appealing: Require businesses to use E-Verify, a federal system that checks whether an employee may legally work in this country. Several bills in Congress propose just that. After all, the country has an estimated seven million unauthorized workers.

In reality, though, this cure would be worse than the disease. Expanding E-Verify would do more to punish lawful U.S. workers than to push undocumented immigrants out of the country—the bills’ goal. It would harm an already battered U.S. economy while doing little to fix the nation’s immigration woes.

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