Sunday, September 19, 2010

E-Verify as a Solution to Illegal Immigration?

 In an effort to strengthen internal enforcement of the visitor's laws, the U.S. Congress set in march a voluntary internet-based program created in 1997, which allows an employer electronically verify the employment eligibility of a potential worker for hire. Inaccurate databases depriving lawful workers of employment and discrimination against workers by employers in an already weakened economy has opened the debate whether the Pilot/E-Verify is a factual solution to illegal immigration in the U.S. deepening the gap of intolerance between illegal immigrant and legitimate citizen workers.

Entities and individuals as US lawful employers and employees, The Senate of the U.S. Congress, Citizenship and Immgrtn Srvcs, Chamber Of Commerce, federal contractors, and regulators as The department Of Homeland Security and The Social Security Administration among others work on defining how 7 to 20 millions of labor force U.S. illegal immigrants law offenders , supported by national labor groups and unions, commerce associations, technology experts, scholars from conservative think tanks, due process and constitutional rights advocates, faith-based and social justice organizations plus, (please notice) foreign born U.S. citizens, eligible U.S. citizens banned by the system errors and its poorly trained users which oppose the failed implemented system, would be placed next in the stressed U.S. economy.

Immigrants have been the potential of the U.S. since its foundation, “America is America because of its immigrants. It’s not just a mantra, I genuinely believe it. I have to. I’m an immigrant myself” says the former director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Emilio Gonzalez. The importance of knowing and identifying the different types of immigrants that the U.S is dealing to day is a must do if the Congress wants to get near to a feasible solution to the continued illegal filtering. Studying general lines of the actual immigrant profile we found that, contrary to a general consensus, granting citizenship it does not seem to be the obvious answer any more. The majority of U.S. illegal immigrants proceeding from Central and South America desire to go back to their homeland. “No one wishes to be far from their families” says a woman citizen from Michoacan, Mexico who, like many others whose family members traveled to U.S. looking for better opportunities to build their house and support them economically are shown in the documentaries “The Other Side Of Immigration” by Roy Germano and “The Other Side” by Journeymanpictures leaving kilometers of once cultivated and now abandoned barren lands as a question mark towards the future. “To put it in perspective, we have more illegal immigrants in the U.S. than the population of Ecuador, or the population of Belgium. You can’t throw these people out, but there again you can’t let their illegal action be a benefit. I used to have long chats with immigrant rights groups. They would talk about path to citizenship, but I would talk to the actual immigrants themselves, and they would tell you, ‘Hey we don’t want to be citizens, we just want to be able to come here and work and not have to be looking over our shoulder for the police.’ What you found was that disconnect.” continues Emilio Gonzalez.

One of the ways that the immigrant and the US government can be both favored cooperating positively to the actual US economy came to mind through an anonymous comment written in an article on this film in The Economist Magazine. Down the page, the commenter asserts: “…the average illegal pays a coyote something like $10k for the CHANCE of making it over the border and the risk of dying of thirst in the desert. Instead, the US could charge an entry fee of $15k (air-conditioned bus, plenty of water, 100% success rate) and a $5k/year health insurance fee to let the immigrant come over as a temp. worker. He would have an ID card, get a drivers license, and pay all taxes to boot. Any children born here to these temp. workers should NOT be US citizens. Immigration is a fact of life. We might as well set up a system to make it work for everyone.” Granting temporary status and a green flag to border crossing to immigrants who seek to work in the U.S., and the suspension of the $6m per mile that costs the security and maintenance of the U.S southwest border -according to Roy Romano’s documentary-, would generate the necessaries founds to solvent the expensive project proposed by the identity crisis writer Jim Harper. One of the tentative solutions against identity fraud proposed by Jim Harper at studying employment eligibility points to new developments that enable to use cryptography to allow these queries to be answered efficiently through the use of ideal biometric tracking systems like smart fingerprints readers or iris scanners which could be implemented as a new ID form to all U.S. citizens.

To incentive the federal employer to hire lawful workers and discourage the contract to improper documented immigrant, the U.S. government can offer financial facilities or rewards to encourage business as per say, lines of credit at a rather low interest or a tax reduction per eligible employee contracted.

In order to provide a better quality life to the immigrant who offers himself to the land in his/her search for better opportunities in the U.S., avoid social consequences learnt from past ignorance, the Congress is challenged to offer security and benefits while the foreign is under its soil in exchange to fair labor and taxes.

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