E-verify: An Economic Burden to Businesses and State Budgets

A new resource from our friends at the National Immigration Law Center emphasizes the costs to both businesses and local governments of trying to enforce immigration law in the workplace.  As they note, the E-verify system - the electronic program that is currently voluntary for employers to use in comparing workers’ documents for employment eligibility against federal databases from the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration - imposes a range of costs:

Obama's labor secretary pick backs enforcement

President Obama's pick for secretary of labor, Rep. Hilda Solis, could help shape a new approach to immigration control that emphasizes the robust enforcement of labor laws.

Where the Bush administration stepped up workplace immigration enforcement, sweeping up migrant workers and not always going after the employers who illegally hire them, the Obama administration is expected to take a different tack.

Immigrant advocates hope that strengthening compliance with workplace health and safety laws and wage and hour standards - which Solis promised in her hearing before the labor committee in January - will protect workers in general and could reduce the likelihood that some employers will seek to profit by hiring undocumented workers.

Hypocrisy is running north of the border

News item #1: As of Nov. 30, 13 states had enacted 19 employment laws related to immigrants since Jan. 1, 2008, according to a December report issued by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws covered hiring unauthorized workers, employment verification, unemployment benefits and so forth.

The states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and, of course, Mississippi.

Economic Crises Will Take Precedence Over Near-Term Immigration Overhaul

Economic Crises Will Take Precedence Over Near-Term Immigration Overhaul

Wall Street Journal

NOVEMBER 12, 2008

The next administration's preoccupation with economic crises will likely prevent immigration advocates from capitalizing on steep losses suffered by their foes in last week's election, delaying any attempt to ease entry for people in the U.S. illegally.

Of the 13 House Republicans who lost their seats on Nov. 4, nine were members of the Immigration Reform Caucus, which has opposed a path to citizenship for the country's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. A 10th member, Virginia's Virgil Goode, is trailing in a race still too close to call.



The Anti-Immigrant Movement that Failed (full HTML version)

Executive Summary

The Misguided Media Hype over Anti-Immigrant Legislation:  Despite much media hype, the supposed wave of anti-immigrant politics has amounted to a few punitive laws in a handful of states, even as most states have quietly been moving forward with positive, integrative approaches to new immigrants in their communities. 

The Failed Use of Immigration as a "Wedge” Issue:  The current hype around anti-immigrant policies is, unfortunately, about electoral politics.   The media largely fell for the tactics of political opportunists who hoped to use the issue of immigration as a "wedge” issue, much as they have used gay marriage and other social issues to undermine progressive coalitions and support rightwing politicians during elections.  Yet the result has largely been political failure for rightwing politicians trying to play the anti-immigrant political card.   

Report: The Anti-Immigrant Movement that Failed

The Anti-Immigrant Movement that Failed:

Positive Integration Policies by State Governments Still Far Outweigh Punitive Policies Aimed at New Immigrants

A Report by the Progressive States Network

September 2008

Session Roundups: RI, SC, KS, IL

Session Roundups: RI, SC, KS, IL

Monday, July 7, 2008