E-VERIFY NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME
Statement by CAMBIO, the Campaign for an Accountable, Moral, and Balanced Immigration Overhaul, on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s mark-up of E-Verify provisions in S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act:
“Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee devoted much of its time to talking about employment verification and its impact on American and immigrant workers. At issue was the proposed national rollout of a mandatory E-Verify program, an electronic employment verification system currently utilized by only seven percent of U.S. employers. As detailed in S. 744, E-Verify would be used for every worker in the United States within five years of the bill’s enactment.
“Right now, there are critical system errors with E-Verify – errors that would likely result in citizens and work-authorized immigrants losing long-held jobs or disqualifying verifiable American workers through no fault of their own.
“Senator Grassley offered an amendment today to require an unrealistic 18-month phase-in of E-Verify, jeopardizing employers and workers alike. This timeline would have placed an undue burden on employees and small businesses that often lack the human resource personnel to meet this demand.
“While one such amendment was struck down, CAMBIO is hopeful that the Senate will revisit Franken 6—an amendment that would help ensure that U.S. workers have a meaningful way to fix an E-Verify error and keep their job. It is crucial that Senate Judiciary members stop politicizing a program that will impact the lives of every American worker regardless of where they were born.”
CAMBIO is a diverse group of organizations advocating for laws and policies that create a fair system for immigrants to become citizens; bans indefinite detention; guarantees due process for everyone in the United States; makes enforcement systems accountable; protects civil and human rights; encourages a better border to protect the quality of life in the borderlands, prevents the abuse of vulnerable Americans; and keeps families together. CAMBIO’s members include American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights, the Border Network for Human Rights, Detention Watch Network, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Domestic Workers Alliance, the National Guestworker Alliance, the National Immigration Law Center, Rights Working Group, Southern Border Communities Coalition, Immigrant Justice Network, and Northern Borders Coalition.