Obama Admin Stalls E-Verify Requirement (Federal Contractors Can Continue To Hire Illegal Workers)

About a year ago, President Bush signed an executive order requiring all Federal Contractors (with $100,000 and above contracts) and subcontractors ($3,000 and above) to use E-Verify.  E-Verify is a free program that allows employers to verify they are hiring legal workers.  It is an effective tool at preventing illegal workers (such as fugitives and illegal immigrants) from obtaining employment by verifying their identity (click here for ICE’s E-Verify page).

The rule was to be implemented in January 2009 (this year).  Thus far, the Obama administration has delayed that implementation four times.  This time, the rule has been delayed until September:

The Obama administration has delayed that requirement four times, and the date for implementing it is now set for Sept. 8. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has filed a lawsuit challenging the requirement, and the case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

The administration continues to use the excuse the it is still “reviewing the rule”.  Some Congressmen have spoken out about the delay as well, but don’t expect much to happen.

This article shows the likely motivation for the delay by the administration (and, certainly for the US Chamber of Commerce):

Employment lawyers, meanwhile, say the longer the government puts off implementing the rule, the better the chances are that it will get wiped out altogether, or emerge in a lighter, more employer-friendly form.

In the meantime, illegal workers can continue to freely compete with legal US workers and job seekers for employment funded with your tax money.  That also includes jobs funded by the multi-billion dollar stimulus bill.

More posts on e-verify and identity theft can be found at the links.

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