E-Verify: Why Isn't It Being Used?

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The technology is already there to verify whether people are here legally before being hired. But not all employers use it.

That would change under legislation introduced by one congressman in our state.

Democrat Heath Shuler from Western North Carolina joined other congressional leaders in Washington Thursday to introduce the measure.

His office said it would increase border security and interior security while requiring employers to check workers against a Department of Homeland Security database known as E-verify.

Shuler's office said the measure will reduce illegal immigration. He first filed a version of the bill in 2007.


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  • by Chris Location: greenville on Jul 29, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    We can say we don't want illegals till we are blue in the face. Until we start rounding them up covertly, kicking and screaming. Blind fold them and drop them anonomously in another part of the world we will never get rid of them. Spend my tax money on that plan , please.
  • by elvisislegal on Jul 25, 2009 at 07:02 PM
    To SICK AND TIRED--WE POOR white folk sure are glad we have the illegals to make sure that we stay fed!! I know for a fact that the illegal farm workers make more than minimum wage and that they have housing and necessities supplied to them. They also take a lot more than just the jobs that nobody else wants. The social welfare costs from illegal immigration is staggering. So save your vitriol for a more righteous cause. Illegal immigration is just this----ILLEGAL. I am hoping that you and your family can get your problem solved in a legal manner. My heart goes out to you in that respect. But make no mistake, Americans have a right to insist that their laws be obeyed. Thank me very much!
  • by TO SICK AND TIRED Location: WASHINGTON on Jul 24, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    I'm so glad I'm not alone in this one only if we can make other people see our point of view.if it was not for all the illegal working in thr fields these white poeple will not have food to feed ther famliy we help them out alot!!!and the only thing they take is jobs that citizen don't want because they are hard working job or they work out in the hot sun!!!!!!
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 24, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    Yes "bill", unemployment would go down and wages would go up. Prices would go up too, but I, like many others are more than willing to live with that trade off.
  • by The flood Location: Greenville on Jul 24, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    We've got close to 10% unemployment and rising and people are still trying to use the "jobs Americans won't do" argument? Give me a break. Tell me how giving a job to an illegal that sends most of their money home and pays little to no taxes is any different than outsourcing to China or India? Why should an illegal that is working and breaking multiple laws get preferential treatment over someone who gained citizenship in the correct manner? It should not be easy to gain citizenship. We don't want just anybody. We have enough homegrown problems to deal with.
  • by Brittanicus Location: Indianapolis, IN on Jul 24, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    Clogged health care services, education for every child and section 8 housing, along with every benefit, citizens and permanent residents have no knowledge of; will be the absolute outcome of Obama's AMNESTY. Get on the phone and tell your politician, you support THE SAVE ACT at 202-224-3121 Support for the bi-partisan SAVE Act, which will expand E-Verify and protect American jobs! Focuses on the heart of the problem-the jobs that attract illegal aliens. It would phase in a requirement for every employer to use the electronic verification system. NUMBERSUSA, AMERICANPATROL
  • by bill Location: washington on Jul 24, 2009 at 09:12 AM
    Have you folks ever considered what would happen to our agricultural output if illegal immigrants weren't around?..not to mention the factories, construction, and a host of other industries. As much as you like to complain about illegals, this country has far more serious problems. Many of you who like to blame everything on illegals would consider yourself Christians. Please go read what the Bible has to say about how we should treat immigrants- start in Leviticus.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jul 24, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    Mr. Barlow we rarely agree, but on this one I'll give you kudo's, right on. To Mrs. Sick and Tired, my heart goes out to you and your situation. It should be a simple process for a person to become legal here, especially if they are employed. 99% of us do not mind ANYONE being here from anywhere, if thery are here for the right reasons. What bothers us is the people that are here under the radar, and we KNOW that there are people that come here that want to do us harm, and I'm sure that doesn't apply to your Hubby. I hope you can fix your situation. Buzz-
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jul 24, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    What part of illegal do some of you not understand? Its very simple, they are stealing from you and me by being here. Sorry, we pay for them when they use the emergency rooms and doctors, when they go to our schools and by requiring bilingual teachers. This is why the state cannot balance the budget and have had to raise taxes on everything. This means they are costing you money to be here and take jobs from some that cannot find them. Don't give me that argument they take the jobs we won't do, you have no clue. Look at the statistics. Also, don't forget, they don't pay income taxes either. Do like SC did, fine the employers and make them pay for deportation. Problem solved.
  • by About Time Location: Greenville on Jul 24, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    The reason why the employers don't use this is because they know they will have to pay legal citizens at least the minimum wage and they take advantage of being able to use illegal immigrants and pay them nothing; keeping more money in the employer's pockets. Contrary to what some people think, there are legal citizens that will do the same work, but they should get paid at least the minimum wage.
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