Since, I’ve been on the subject of SB251 (Employment Eligibility Verification) lately. I thought I would pass along some interesting information.
About a year ago, the LDS Church had a problem when a missionary was detained at an airport. It turned out the missionary was in the US illegally. At the time a Church representative stated that they would have to rethink their policies. About a week ago, I was informed that the LDS Church was using E-Verify for its employees. Today, I found some proof:
E-Verify Profile for Corporation of the President-LDS Church
Address – 50 E. North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Business Type: Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and s
Supporting businesses that hire legal workers is one of the most effective things one can do to encourage other businesses to begin using the E-Verify database. Make sure to commend Corporation Of The President-lds Church for using e-verify because the more businesses that join this program, the more illegal aliens who will voluntarily return to their home countries because it will be easier for them to find a job in there.
Corporation Of The President-lds Church is an employer that uses E-Verify.
I actually don’t think the ‘missionary incident’ prompted this. For one thing, I don’t think E-Verify could be used on missionaries. They are not employees per se…then again they are volunteers…maybe it can be used. I guess that’s something I will have to look into but my gut instinct is that E-Verify can not be applied to a missionary. Further, I have no idea when the Church began using the verification system – it may have already been in use prior to last year’s problem.
Nevertheless, it’s good to know that more and more businesses are signing up for the system. From a report that was passed on to me, as of March 10th 2010, there are 2,233 businesses in Utah using the free system. That is excellent news when it comes to identity theft protection for us all, especially our children.
Here’s hoping Governor Herbert will sign SB251 and take a major step in protecting children’s identities and, at the same time create a level playing field for employers who hire legal labor. If you have not done so already, please contact the governor and politely, but firmly, ask that he sign SB251.