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  • Questions for Secretary Napolitano: E-Verify

    DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is tentatively scheduled to testify before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee about DHS immigration enforcement policies on May 6, 2009. Given Secretary Napolitano’s novel interpretations of federal law, the Heritage Foundation will be posting a series of questions (and suggested answers) for the Secretary.

    Questions for Napolitano # 2: Does the Obama Administration unequivocally support E-Verify and IMAGE?

    E-Verify allows employers to confirm an employee’s ability to legally work in the United States. An employer enters information provided by a prospective employee (from the I-9 form) into an online portal. The system then compares that data to information in Social Security Administration (SSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases. It then issues either a confirmation or a non-confirmation. Non-confirmations can be resolved if an employee can later prove that there was a discrepancy in the system. If it is not resolved, a final non-confirmation is issued and the employer is not allowed to hire the worker.

    E-Verify has been a success. More than 80,000 employers participate in E-Verify, and the system has confirmed the identity of over 5.3 million workers. The program has been a success because it helps employers enforce immigration laws in a cheap and user-friendly fashion. For example, the software is free and requires very basic information—information already found on the I-9. Knowing beforehand that an employee can legally work also minimizes the cost of having to hire new employees later. And with an error rate of fewer than 4 percent, employers can comfortably rely on the program.

    IMAGE also is a voluntary program for companies that wish to verify that their employees can legally work in the United States. For a company to be IMAGE-certified, it must receive training from ICE on hiring procedures, detecting fraudulent documents, and using E-Verify. In addition, companies must also undergo an I-9 audit and check the legitimacy of existing employees’ Social Security numbers. The program currently has 27 full members.

    Rather than continue the uncertainty of whether E-Verify will be a permanent tool of the federal government, the Obama Administration fully supports permanent authorization and funding the use of and expansion of E-Verify and equally supports the IMAGE program.

    For more information on Heritage’s work on E-Verify please see Jena Baker McNeill and Matt Mayer’s Webmemo, Don’t Let E-Verify Perish in the Next Congress.

    Also see Question 1: The Future of State and Local Immigration Enforcement

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    14 Responses to Questions for Secretary Napolitano: E-Verify

    1. Brittancus says:

      If America is expected to sustaining its living standards, we must start to conserve our environment and address the use of oil, water and energy. In these current decades we have all observed the deterioration of our highways, infrastructure with clogged traffic lanes that never seem to abate? The continuous requisite for land to build homes, and stretching, concrete pavement that once was farmland. Border states where water supplies are being rationed, because of years of drought. The desperate need for refineries, because of constant production, cannot keep up with demand. Our ailing national electrical grid that is unable to keep up with requirements, owing to the millions of illegal people who slip across our uneasy border and need services. America is growing smaller each day, just like the Amazon rain forests. We are daily encroaching on the wild animals of our lands, who we now find foraging for food in community suburbs–that was once a wilderness. Our President should not be contemplating Amnesty for an unknown number of illegal immigrants. Such would be the forthcoming harbinger of Overpopulation for future generations. According to the Census Bureau with the current immigration level our population will touch close to a half a billion by 2050.

      More than 65 percent of that growth can be attributed to our current immigration rate and irrational polices. Without changing the direction of our current immigration policies, our population by the year 2100 and 2120 will attain the one billion mark. Is this what we want for our own?

      If President Obama introduces a new Immigration policy, this would be a disaster for the new generations of our children? We already settle over 1.5 million new legal immigrants each year in this nation. This is more people than any other country in the world? What we need is an amendment to the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act. This would allow highly professional and skilled people, who would contribute in Engineering, Computer and Science technologies. Giving Potential legal newcomers that has something special to offer the American workplace, including education and other layers of future industry. We already have millions of low skilled, many uneducated American workers who remain jobless in this economic morass. If our politicians will restore funding for E-Verify now before it terminates. We can revise it, modify and append to its function, in removing foreign workers from the workplace. As illegal immigrants start their movement from our nation, wages, benefits should slowly start to rise, as employers will have no choice but to hire American workers, instead of cheap labor from foreign lands.

    2. Brittancus says:

      In the next incumbent election, remember that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat of Arizona who took it upon herself, that E-Verify should be scrapped. If she was aware at the public outburst, the women would be careful what she says out loud? Giffords is playing with a conflagration of livid people. She just needs to poke around on the Internet, to realize a good part of the literate computer population are seething with anger. They are already furious at Sen. Reid, Burris, Durbin, House speaker Pelosi and all those who follow the clique of politicians and proved themselves anti-American workers. She will soon find out her decision will have nasty consequences, when he gets bombarded by irate voices at the offices. Tucson: Phone: (520) 881-3588/ (520) 459-3115/ Washington: (202) 225-2542

      As always, in cloaked committees, they have cut out amendments or just tabled in secrecy–new laws that benefited the American people against the illegal immigrant cheap labor invasion. Read facts at VDARE, FAIRUS, JUDICIALWATCH, NUMBERSUSA, AMERICANPATROL, CAPSWEB & ALIPAC. The stakes are sky high because an imminent, so-called path to citizenship means, thousands more will swamp the border looking for yet a 3rd—AMNESTY?

    3. Barb -mn says:

      Here's a couple questions for Janet: Did she grow up under government subsidies or were her parents strong enough to provide her upbringing under freedom?

    4. John Buck says:

      Can anyone tell me why Union labor leaders refuse toE-VERIFY The inaction of BOTH parties on this issue has been maddening. Listen folks if you can"t be E-Verified YOU CAN"T VOTE,PERIOD. Let's start advocating for the AMERICAN worker again and give THEM a level playing field. Replace these treasonous labor leaders and send them south of the border to organize ,where this idiotic practice should have begun in the first place. an American for sovereinty, John Buck formerly of Laborers Eastern Region Organizing Fund NYC,NJ,DEL L.I.U.N.A. Laborers for Immigration Enforcement {on Facebook}

    5. angrypatriot says:

      Napolitano needs to go. I guess obama was filling his "quota." She was ineffective as Governor of Arizona, and she is a complete dunce as head of Homeland Security. This idiotic bureaucrat isn't capable of running any government agency; and that says a lot.

    6. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      The utter stupidy of the obama administration is show by those that has been apponited to positions in his term of "ruling" this country. He did not want anyone that could or would think for themselves, they are all puppets on strings for obama. I just wish people had woke up before the sham of an election and recognized the devil for who he is.

    7. Singerman, Colorado says:

      This analysis is better:

      http://analystbluepapers.squarespace.com/journal/

      She actually engaged in veteran profiling.

    8. jim smith new york says:

      Janet is not ready for prime or any other time right now. She lacks qualifications which, as we know, are never an impediment when a cabinet post needs one or another one of "them". Clinton had a "Janet" in his cabinet, so Nobama chose to check off that similarity. She may make it through 2009, if she keeps quiet and hides.

    9. Domonu,Idaho says:

      When I went in the service of my country my oath of office was almost the same as the Presidents ,upholding the constitution defending my country against and etc.And mine you my family has stood on the frontlines since The Revolution and bleed and died for our freedoms .My dad is one of the finest of the greast generation and this st— bit– insults our flag our nations military and the blood of those who have fought to keep her free. This is just another example of the messiah lack of ablity to pick anyone with real ablity,so like himself.

    10. Richard, Spring, TX says:

      As an addition to your question on E-Verify, you should also ask what penalties will be applied to the illegal who is trying to get the job. If no penalties are applied, the illegal problem will persist.

    11. Patricia Moseley Ben says:

      As a Veteran myself, and with children career VOLUNTEER Airforce personnel. I am highly offending at any reference to our children being succeptible to terrorist influence. Everyone knows the people in the military take an oath to protect the constitution and they live every day doing it. Napo, however, hasn't taken an oath to defend our country and she is in charge of its security? To call Veterans, Pro Lifers, and Conservatives potential terrorists, and the Middle Eastern and Pirates some truthspeak from Orwell to make them seem less of a threat is nonsense, and no one believes that.

      She should be fired and someone with a military or police background (with REAL VETTING) should be put in that post to protect our national security.

      I call for her to step down, she is clearly dangerous and over her head for this important decision. Not to make comment on the person who chose her for this post.

    12. FRANK BALISTRERI says:

      I AM A DIASBLED AMERICAN .I LOVE AMERICA VERY MUCH.I AGREE WITH THE CURRENT ADMISTRATION ,ADDRESSING PROMLEMS AND THE HONESTY THAT I FELL AND BELEIVE THAT THERE IS NOW, WILL BE LOTS OF HARD TIMES FOR MANY AMERICANS BUT IN THE FUTHGER WE WILL BE BETTER OFF AS A NATION AND THAT THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE ARE THE MOST BETTER ONES.WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM THE PAST THAT ARE RIGHTS OR SO INPORTANT IN WHICH WE HAD FEWER OF. NOW ON A PERSONAL NOTE I APPLIED AND PAID FOR A US PASSPORT IN 2007,AND WAS DENIED DUE TO AN OLD SUPPORT CASE.I AM DISABLED HAVE PARKINSONS AND OTHER ILLNESS. I AM ON FED SSA DISABILTY FOR LAST 10 YAERS I AM GETIING SICKER AS TIME GOES,I LIVE IN MEXICO I CROSS BY LAND FOR SEVERAL DOCTERS APP,AND PERSONAL ISSUES A CROSS THE BRODER WITH AN EXPIRED US PASSPORT AND CURRENT CALIF STATE ID A ALSO HAVE NATURLAZATION CERTI, I AM VERY STRESSED OVER THE JUNE 1 LAND BRODER RULE ,THE FACTS ARE A AM A US CITIZEN. AM NOT A CRIMINAL I HAVE RESPECT FOR MY GOVERNENT,BUT I ALSO RESPECT MY RIGHTS AS AN AMERICAN,I DID THINK THAT BEING ON A FIXED INCOME AND IILNSSESS IS BASIS LOSING RIGHTS.AND DID I MENTION THAT THE STATE OF CALIF IS GETTING SOME OF MY DISABLITY SENT MONTHLY FROM SSA TO THEM. THEN THE REST IS SENT TO ME , SO I CAN BARLY LIVE POORLY LIVING ON A FIXED INCOME BEING DISABLED IS NO EASY TASK ,I BUY SOME OF THE MEDS IN MEXICO THAT ARE RX BY US PHISANS. THERES SHUOLD NOT BE ISSUE WITH ME AND MY RIGHTS.I AM AND WILL ALLWAYS BE A PROUD MAN AND YES A HAD MADE MISTAKES BEFORE BUT I AM NOT A CRIMINAL.THANK YOU AND MAY THE LORD HELP US AND BLESS ALL.

    13. Frank W., New Mexico says:

      Obama has to many obligations to the Unions. By not having to varify their legal work status the Union can sign all up the illegal workers and charge them $300.00 apiece to join the union. Should the Border patrol deport them to Mexico they just come back and the Union signs them up again and charges them another $300.00. (You can't go out of the countey and come back this voids your union card.) The union also gets to collect about $5.00 per hour on each worker for benefits and since they are not Social Security they do not recognise illegal aliens when it come time to pay the benefits, so the Unions put this in what they call a slush fund for benefits. Mutilply this by about 8 million illegal construction workers and Obama will have his obligation paid back to the Labor unions.

    14. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      First we must establish,if she knows what E-Verify

      is and how it works!

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