Oppose Expansion of E-Verify in the Absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

 

In the past decade, Congress has spent $117 billion of taxpayer dollars on immigration enforcement initiatives, yet the number of unauthorized immigrants in the country has grown to 11.2 million and the demand for foreign-born, low-skilled labor continues. Approximately 70 percent of the unauthorized population is in the U.S. labor force, and each year another 300,000 to 400,000 unauthorized immigrants enter the country. Our bishops have been consistent in calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

FCC_logo300

 

Call To Action

 

Federal
ACTION ALERT

Oppose Expansion of E-Verify in the Absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

BACKGROUND: In the past decade, Congress has spent $117 billion of taxpayer dollars on immigration enforcement initiatives, yet the number of unauthorized immigrants in the country has grown to 11.2 million and the demand for foreign-born, low-skilled labor continues. Approximately 70 percent of the unauthorized population is in the U.S. labor force, and each year another 300,000 to 400,000 unauthorized immigrants enter the country. Our bishops have been consistent in calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

Some in Congress are now supporting the mandatory use of E-Verify by all 6 million U.S. employers. E-Verify is a largely voluntary program which allows employers to electronically verify workers’ employment eligibility with government databases. Due to well-documented flaws in the databases upon which it relies, E-Verify does not detect over half of the undocumented workers in the system, yet results in false positives for thousands of American workers.

ISSUE: Unless E-Verify’s expansion is undertaken in the context of comprehensive immigration reform, it will hurt both U.S. workers and the country’s already weakened economy. Eight million unauthorized workers will be driven further into the underground economy, decreasing federal tax revenue, lowering labor standards and harming American families.

ACTION: Urge your U.S. Senators and Congressperson to oppose expansion and mandatory implementation of the E-Verify program unless it is improved and undertaken in the context of comprehensive immigration reform.

By clicking the link below you can send an email directly to your elected officials. You may send the pre-written message as provided or compose your own message.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
http://www.votervoice.net/link/target/fcc/QzWP33r7.aspx