Freedom Folks

Thursday, February 08, 2007

What's This? Enforcement Works?

Source: Delaware News Journal
Brenda Dudley thinks word has gotten out that Star Building Services Inc. verifies employees' legal status.

Since it enrolled in a pilot program that checks employees' eligibility to work in the United States, the New Castle commercial janitorial company has seen a decrease in the number of unauthorized workers identified through the program.

To Dudley, that means job applicants know ahead of time they had better be in the country legally, or they won't be hired.

"It saves the company a lot of grief to know we've done everything in our power to make sure everybody's upfront and they're allowed to work," said Dudley, Star Building Services' executive assistant who is responsible for administering the verification program. *snip*

Nationwide, nearly 14,000 employers have opted to join the Basic Pilot program ... During the first half of 2006, more than 900,000 queries were entered nationwide, said Shawn Saucier, spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which oversees the program. Fourteen percent, or 128,000, came back flagged as potential unauthorized workers.

Only about 26,000 of those were contested, and 5,200 of them eventually were verified as eligible to work.
Huh, and here I thought that illegal immigration was like a big ole' Burrito eating tidal wave we couldn't do anything about? It isn't?

Well damn!

H/T Digger who has some thoughts on how the system might be improved.

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