Mississippi senator pushes for E-verify-upgrade the following ICE raids

nearvideo loop holes in the Federal E-verify system lead to errors in Mississippi

E – verify, to ensure that employers are hiring people legally working in the United States. However, there are holes in the system, which are some immigration experts say, is too large to patch.

JACKSON, Miss. — This summer, the immigration raids led to the arrests of 680 people work at chicken plants exposed to a gap in the state’s E-verify program, experts say.

Now, the legislature, have proposed the ten-year-old law says that he would like to give it some teeth.

“The drafting of the legislation, we knew we had to come back later and make it better,” said Mississippi state Senator Michael Watson, who is running for Mississippi Secretary of state.

Mississippi was among the first States to require employers to use E-verify the Mississippi Employment Protection Act in the year 2008.

Problems with E-verify showed last summer, when the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided seven chicken processing plants in Mississippi. Agents arrested about 680 alleged unauthorized workers who may have been in the country illegally. The work has a spotlight on the E-verify mandate in Mississippi, which requires employers to ensure the run of all new hires through the Federal database, that the employees have the proper documentation in the state.

Employers are asked to provide information such as your social security number and information from a state driver’s license or state ID in the Federal database that checks whether the information is reputable. However, cracks in the system are real problems with the state’s claim to have uncovered.

Outside of the Mississippi State House. Mississippi State Senator Michael Watson said he has the draft of new legislation in the hope to improve the state E-verify mandate is after the ICE raids last summer.
(Fox News/Charles Watson)

Improvements to the legislation were never made. Watson said, maybe that was a symptom of political pressure.

But he said he has already drafted new legislation that would fix some of the cracks in the state, the E-verify mandate. The designation of a specific Agency to enforce the law.


“One of the things we saw was the implementation and the enforcement piece. There are a number of agencies to enforce at the state level. So, if someone breaks the law, you can go to fees. What we saw was that there are better was, the entity in charge of this.”

According to the Cato Institute, between 45 percent and 53 percent of the new hires already through E-verify in 2017 were the request, despite the law that all new employees be screened. In the same year, Alabama, Arizona and South Carolina – the three other States which require that all new employees are screened through E-verify – all the better to cut than the Mississippi, but none was in the vicinity of 100 percent, according to a review by the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts.


Alex Nowrasteh, director of immigration studies at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global liberty and prosperity, believes that the defects in connection with E-verify, too big, to overcome them. He said the entire system needs to be overhauled, space for something new.

“E-verify may not work, because the employers said they use correctly, if it is instructed; and, secondly, because the system is fundamentally flawed, because it verifies the document of identity and not of the workers themselves,” Nowrasteh. “As a result, if I’m an illegal immigrant, and I’ll give your documents to my employer, and he leads it through E-verify, it only checks the documents. So, if the documents are legitimate, then it is approved to me, even if I might be an illegal immigrant.”


Koch Foods, one of the companies raided last summer, said in a statement that it had voluntarily participated in the Federal government, the E-verify program for more than 10 years.

Two people taken into custody at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton, Miss., on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing, and on Wednesday signaled that the early morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting the owner and employees.
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

“Through the program, cooking food databases that is employed by each and every employee to work in the United States-checked by the Federal government,” the statement reads. “For years, cooking food also has implemented a rigorous and thorough employment verification policy of additional comprehensive measures to ensure, cooking food, hire and retain only authorized workers. It followed has to be vigilant to these measures. These measures cannot, however, eliminate the possibility of unknowingly using a non-authorized workers.”

Nowrasteh said, there are a couple of options, the Federal government could in turn ensure that people are really entitled, for the employment in the member States, which consider it. They include relying more on the current I-9 system, a paper-based system, which requires that new employees, a combination of documents, such as a state driver’s license and social security card, for example. Another option, according to Nowrastheh, would be for the Federal government for a national identity program that would require every US citizen fingerprints and pictures will be entered into a database – even though Nowrasteh said it would be a terrible idea for anyone who cares about the preservation of American freedom and independence. The third option, he said, go back to the drawing Board and figure out a way to more legal immigration.

“Many of these places where illegal immigrants work, are settings, such as working in a meat factory, or on a farm or on a construction site – these are professions in which there are no visas available,” Nowrastheh. “If the government Visa makes it possible for these employers to get legal labor migrants and to work in these jobs, then there is no reason for you to hire the illegal immigrants more. We could shrink the black market for the illegal immigrants dramatically.”

Immigration advocates, such as Bill Chandler, executive director of the Mississippi Immigration Rights Alliance, said he believed that more legal immigration through the availability of Visa would. the conditions of competition between the American people and migrants with the same rights and pay He also thinks getting rid of sanctions against companies that hire unauthorized workers should disappear. He believes it is a way to make migrant workers vulnerable.


“The companies don’t care because nothing really happens. The majority of the people who are punished are said, the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, were arrested and deported,” Chandler. “What we need to do is to have a process where people, the quote, unquote be legally and get jobs, will be able to join a trade Union and the right to complain about the States, if they are bad.”

The Mississippi State legislature begin to fight E-verify, if the next legislature begins in January 2020. Although immigration experts believe, there is only so much can governments do to improve a system that needs Federal attention.

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