Friday, July 18, 2008
URGENT: SEND COMMENTS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
OPPOSING THE PROPOSED RULE
TO MAKE BASIC PILOT/E-VERIFY MANDATORY
FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTORS
DUE: MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2008
The federal government has issued a proposed federal rule that would require at least 200,000 federal contractors to use the Basic Pilot/E-Verify program to verify all of their newly-hired employees and some of their existing employees. This will affect about 4 million employees. Although the proposed rule only applies to companies with federal contracts, mandating the use of a system that doesn't work will be disastrous for everyone in the U.S., not just federal contractors.
WHY YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION SHOULD SEND COMMENTS:
* The proposed rule violates existing federal law which states the program is voluntary and can't be used to re-verify current employees
* The proposed rule requires the use of a program that is severely flawed and has substantial rates of employer abuse and discrimination
* Lawful immigrant and U.S. citizen workers will be harmed and lose their jobs
* The proposed rule ignores the fact that we need to fix our immigration system by giving people a path to legal status
Go the website of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC.ORG) for examples of model comments which we encourage you to use as a template. Please personalize the comments!
COMMENTS MUST BE FILED BY MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2008.