ACLU Responds to Mandatory E-Verify
The announcement that all government contractors starting today must use the controversial E-Verify system to check employee work eligibility is, not surprisingly, disappointing critics who’ve pointed out that the system is not reliable.
Here’s what Chris Calabrese, American Civil Liberties Union legislative counsel, had to say today:
In the middle of the toughest job market in decades, the administration has chosen to erect another roadblock to gainful employment for U.S. workers. Mandating all federal contractors to use E-Verify could encourage contractors to fire workers based on erroneous database discrepancies and to avoid hiring workers who are perceived to be foreign born. This flawed Bush-era policy, now adopted by the current administration, will only hurt the American workforce without improving our nation’s immigration enforcement practices.