Business, Enforcing Immigration Law

By June 10, 2008Human Resources

From today’s New York Times:

President Bush has ordered federal contractors to participate in the Department of Homeland Security’s electronic system for verifying the immigration status of their workers, greatly expanding the reach of the administration’s crackdown on employers who hire illegal immigrants.

An executive order, signed by the president on Friday and announced on Monday, requires federal contractors to use the system, known as E-Verify, to check immigration status when they hire new workers or start work under government.
  • Commentary from Mark Krikorian, a supporter of limited immigration and stronger enforcement of current laws.
  • The El Paso Times finds two local contractors who say, no problem. 
  •  South Coast Today (Massachusetts) reports that Eagle Industries, the Missouri-based military equipment manufacturer, will not have to make any changes to comply with the new order.
  • The ACLU is unhappy, claiming enforcement will encourage more identity theft.

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