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Monday, July 11, 2011

Oregon Businesses Join Fight Against E-Verify Bill

Last Week, the Immigration Policy Center's Immigration Impact blog had an article about a coalition of Oregon Businesses joining the fight against a national E-Verify bill being proposed by Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-R)  H.R. 2164 would make it mandatory for all businesses to use the flawed E-Verify System-- spelling disaster for the agricultural industry and the economy. The Oregonian was the first to break the story about the group of 22 Oregon Businesses joining the growing national opposition to the enforcement-only bill.

Oregon Business Community Latest to Join Fight Against National E-Verify Bill

This week, business and agricultural communities across the U.S. continued the fight against mandatory E-verify, an electronic verification system requiring employers to use a federal database to verify the immigration status of employees. Over the weekend, thousands of protestors marched on Georgia’s state capitol to protest HB 87—a bill which contains mandatory E-Verify—adding their voice to the state’s agricultural community’s who fear the program will leave them without enough migrant workers to harvest crops. This week, a group of Oregon businesses joined the campaign against an enforcement-only E-Verify bill (H.R. 2164) introduced by immigration hawk Rep. Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) last month. The group called Rep. Smith’s measure a “recipe for disaster.” continue reading


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