Program to verify immigrant workers gains traction

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Amid a national debate on illegal immigration, a growing number of employers are joining a federal program to make sure the people they hire are authorized to be in the United States.More than 10,700 employers, double the number a year ago, have signed up for the government’s voluntary verification system, Gerri Ratcliff, director of the program for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told a forum Thursday.

Among the most visible new participants is Dunkin’ Donuts, which recently announced it would require all of its franchise operators to check the federal system, dubbed “Basic Pilot,” to confirm the work status of employees.

But Ratcliff’s program has a long way to go to recruit a substantial share of the nation’s estimated 7 million employers.

One of the major problems employers have had is being able to efficiently verify when potential employees are working legally or illegally. The Basic Pilot program is one element in which both the House and Senate versions of Immigration reform agree upon.  It can also provide the efficiency that employers need. Currently, 80 percent of employee names, identification documents and Social Security numbers can be validated within a matter of seconds by the online system. If a name or Social Security number does not check out instantly, the employee is given eight days to respond. Some of these cases turn out to be clerical mistakes, the failure to report a name change, or the failure of an immigrant to report to the Social Security Administration that he or she has become a citizen. Others cases indicate that a person is an illegal worker.

With the ability to efficiently verify the legal status of employees and prospective employees also comes the ability to hold those employers accountable when illegals are hired. Holding employers accountable has been something that has been noticeably absent by administrations of both parties. The program has its critics, though I would bet that most of the criticism comes from those who also advance an open border agenda, or seek a benefit from a greater influx of illegals. 

For more on the Basic Pilot Program go here 

Other CAII Posts:

DeMediacratic Nation With Perhaps They Should Practice What They Preach!!!

Right Truth with Immigration is defined as …

CommonSenseAmerica with Salvadoran President Visits His Citizens In Florida & How To Use Your Child As A Human Shield

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**

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