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Friday, May 25, 2007

Verify This

An article in today's USA Today notes the growing opposition to the section of the immigration reform bill that would require every American to get the permission of the federal government before they could work. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, as long as this provision is in the immigration bill members of Congress should vote against the whole bill.

The immigration bill that the Senate is now debating, as well as a bipartisan measure that has been introduced in the House, both contain provisions that will require every person in the country who applies for a job — no matter where they were born and whether or not they are citizens — to demonstrate they are eligible to work in the USA.


When the Senate returns after its week-long Memorial Day recess, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., among others, will try to change the employer-verification requirements. Obama is worried about possible intrusions on Americans' privacy. Other critics warn that the system could result in nightmarish bureaucratic glitch for U.S. citizens.


In testimony this year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Randy Johnson said there are 140 million Americans in the workforce. "Even with a 1% error rate," he warned, "you're talking about disqualifying a million Americans from their livelihood."

Fueling skepticism about the program: a December 2006 report by the Social Security Administration's inspector general estimating a 4% error rate in the files that would be used to determine American's ability to work.

Of course, removing this provision would likely doom the whole immigration proposal. Republicans are adamant that it stay in. They're willing to march America down the road to serfdom and put millions of U.S. citizens into a Kafkaesque system in order to sleep better at night knowing something is being done to prevent illegal immigrants from working. Their hatred of brown people far outweighs their love for the Constitution.

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