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Re: Train Wreck E-Verified



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I appreciate Derb’s response to the second part of Rich Nadler’s E-Verify post, but I’m puzzled by the first part. Nadler seems to think there’s a problem with statistics showing that a relatively small percentage of American businesses hire a very large share of employees — in this case, that 2 percent of America’s employers are responsible for maybe one-third of all new hires. (Note to Nadler: All queries to E-Verify are new hires — much to employers’ chagrin, you can’t use it to screen applicants, only to verify people you’ve hired. I don’t like that either, but you can thank the lefties for that one.) But what’s the problem here? When counting the total number of firms with employees, the McDonald’s Corp., with something like 400,000 employees, counts for the same as my dry cleaner, which has maybe a dozen. That’s why looking at the proportion of employers signed up for the E-Verify program means nothing — the issue is what portion of all new hires are being checked by it. And, as the posting that Nadler disdains explained, last fiscal year, about one out of eight new hires nationwide were E-Verified, and this year it’ll be much higher, maybe a third. So I restate my point — E-Verify is becoming a fait accompli because actual businesses see the utility in signing up, even though their lobbyists in Washington continue to fight it.



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