WASHINGTON, December 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Yesterday, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) submitted public comments in response to a request for input regarding whether the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should permanently allow employers to review work authorization documents remotely, as they have done. done temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In its public comments, FAIR notes that the dramatic workplace changes brought on by the pandemic provide a long-awaited opportunity to make E-Verify a mandatory part of the hiring process. With many people working remotely, the process of reviewing work eligibility documents has become much more difficult for businesses large and small, and more vulnerable to fraud. “By forcing employers to use E-Verify to confirm the work authorization of their new hires, small employers with limited resources will be able to quickly and easily confirm that documents provided by a new hire have not been tampered with, belong to the person presenting the documents and otherwise match DHS records or other government data systems, ”FAIR said.
E-Verify has been shown to be very effective in screening ineligible workers, thereby protecting the jobs and wages of legal residents of the United States; is easy to use for employers; and imposes little or no fees on businesses that are registered. Necessity is often cited as the mother of invention. In this case, no invention is necessary. The E-Verify system already exists and is the perfect tool for companies that can hire workers spread across the whole world. Thirty-five years after American workers were promised an effective system to prevent illegal workers from taking jobs and driving down wages, DHS has a chance to keep that promise, if the Biden administration really wants to. end the magnet that drives illegal mass immigration ”, commented Dan Stein, president of FAIR.
FAIR’s comments also urge DHS to couple mandatory E-Verify with enhanced audits and on-site enforcement. Combined, these steps would provide “two of the most effective tools available to DHS to tackle both national working conditions and the root causes of illegal immigration to Canada. United StatesFAIR argued. FAIR also noted that, according to DHS’s own calculations, the same employers who knowingly hire illegal foreigners also tend to engage in other even more deplorable labor practices.
“Rather than expanding the temporary arrangements that were enacted at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to allow inspection of employment eligibility documents by company personnel departments, the current circumstances offer the opportunity to replace the faulty and obsolete I-9 verification process with a universal E. -Check, “Stein concluded.
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Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country’s largest immigration reform group. With over 3 million members and supporters across the country, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must strengthen national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment and establish a recognized and enforced rule of law.
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