Thursday, March 27, 2008

"Quick Fixes" on U.S. Citizens and the Economy

Congress returns on Monday from its two week recess, and proposals regarding employment verification for all workers - foreign- and U.S.- born alike - are gathering steam.  Several bills including the Shuler-Tancredo "SAVE Act" (HR 4088) and the Johnson "New Employee Verification Act of 2008" (HR 5515) include provisions to create a nationwide mandatory electronic employment verification system (EEVS).  In the meantime, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published new proposed regulations to turn SSA "no-match" letters - a system SSA uses to correct errors in its database - into an immigration enforcement tool.  These proposals are election year antics rather than answers. These policies rely on the government and its databases to be accurate, timely and competent - a stretch in the best of circumstances given what we know about database error rates.  Both would have enormous negative consequences for U.S. citizen workers, employers, and the economy.  This week, Immigration OnPoint highlights two new documents that provide policymakers and advocates with facts that are relevant to the current debate in Congress:

Rep. Johnson's New Employee Verification Act: Another Version of the Shuler-Tancredo Bill (National Immigration Law Center - March 21, 2008) - Provides a summary of the Johnson EEVS bill (HR5515) and its negative impact on U.S. citizens, employers, and the Social Security Administration.

Administration Announces New "No-Match" Regulations: DHS Regs Pass Burdens to Social Security Administration, Small Businesses, and Citizens (Immigration Policy Center - March 2008) - Provides a summary of the new proposed "no-match" regulations and their harmful impact on workers, employers, and the Social Security Administration.

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Immigration OnPoint is a project coordinated by the Immigration Policy Center to create and maintain an online catalogue of short documents and fact sheets that provide quick answers to commonly asked questions about immigrants and immigration. Immigration is a notoriously complex issue area, and the current immigration debate is filled with myths, misinformation, fear, and emotion, making reasoned decision-making difficult.  OnPoint documents are meant to confront myths and provide factual information about immigrants and immigration policy.

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"These proposals are election year antics rather than answers. These policies rely on the government and its databases to be accurate, timely and competent - a stretch in the best of circumstances given what we know about database error rates."

The stretch is that you advocates of illegal immigration really think that we're fooled by your propaganda, just because it's repeated over and over again, even though it's been discredited. Most Americans are aware by now that the error rate issue is just another disingenuous (great word) delatory obstructionist tactic to prevent enforcement of our immigration laws. It's 4 percent, meaning that it's 96 percent accurate. Maybe this should be put in context with our IRS and criminal data bases, instead of being condemned straight off. If they're not 100%, which I suspect they arent't, should we abandon them as well? This complaint will eventually be dismissed by the courts when they're convinced that the inconvenienced person is given sufficient time to correct his information. And just what is wrong with forcing people to correct their data? Everyone in the database will be called upon to do so, if not now, then later, when they apply for Social Security benefits. It's clear to most Americans that the agents of illegal immigrants are not sincere in their concern for the citizen or the legal resident alien, but are only interested in their constituent's ability to avoid justice.

Posted by: Horace | Mar 27, 2008 7:06:34 PM

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