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Train Wreck E-Verified

In a post yesterday, Mark Krikorian claims that E-Verify will screen one out of three or four new hires in the upcoming year. But the link he provides to the Center for Immigration Studies in support proves no such thing. According to Janice Kephart, who authored that blog entry, 117,759 businesses now use E-Verify. 

This represents less than 2% of the U.S. businesses with employees.

Kephart’s blog entry, on which Krikorian bases his estimate of “new hires,” deals with social security match inquiries, not hires. She reports that in the first seven weeks of 2009, users of E-Verify launched 3 million queries, and that at this rate, the data base will be queried nearly 18 million times by the end of the year.

If 2% of U.S. businesses are generating 18 million queries, we need a bit more definition of what percentage of “inquiries” actually lead to hires. The total U.S. labor pool is 120 million.

Mark presents a scenario in which business, by opposing E-Verify, is left out in the cold. But his “source” paints rather a different picture. Here are some excerpts:

The House version of the 2009 $810 billion stimulus package reauthorized E-Verify for four years, but the Senate version did not….The House provision was stripped out in conference and did not make it into the final legislation that the president signed on February 13, 2009.  . . .

Sources say the Majority intend to keep E-Verify as a bargaining chip to trade for an illegal-alien amnesty in the fall, and still hope to reauthorize it only until September 2009, a short six-month extension.  . . .

President Obama supported E-Verify during his campaign but on January 29, 2009, the administration delayed until at least May 2009 a rule that required certain federal contractors to use E-Verify.  According to a press release by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Associate Builders and Contractors,” (ABC represents the non-union contractors: our usual allies – Nadler), “the hold was at their request.  DHS Secretary Napolitano has issued a director to review E-Verify in a manner that questions the program rather than supports it.

So who is it that’s being left out in the cold?

A final note: Janice Kephart describes Arizona as the state in which E-Verify is most prevalent, due to a law mandating its use by public and private employers. If you want to see what this “triumph” for E-Verify did to the conservative movement in Arizona, read David Freddoso’s piece here.

Or you can meditate on the three House seats and the governorship that the GOP has lost in Arizona since 2004. 

— Richard Nadler is president of the Americas Majority Foundation, a public-policy think tank in Overland Park, Kan. 


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