Lake County Examiner
November 2, 2011
By Lake County Examiner
Open Letter to Commissioners
I ask the Commissioners require Lake County government use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security E-Verify (DHS) system.
The importance of Oregon employers using U.S. DHS- E-Verify system really becomes apparent when looking at Oregon’s unemployment rate in September 2011 being at 9.6 percent, 178,174 Oregonians were unemployed. The September unemployment numbers for Oregonians in Lake County were at 12.9 percent; 399 of the county’s residents were unemployed.
Unemployed Oregonians who are U.S. citizens or foreign citizens legally present with authorization to work in the country should not have to compete for jobs with a purported 97,000 undocumented foreign national workers illegally in the state.
If all Oregon government and business entities not currently using U.S. DHS- E-Verify system were required to use it, Oregon’s unemployment rate would drop dramatically because all new jobs created in the state would go to U.S. citizens or those legally present to work in the country.
Currently more than 2000 Oregon businesses and government entities are successfully using the 98.6 percent accurate U.S. DHS- E-Verify system. Ten of thirty-six Oregon county governments are now using the E-Verify system (Deschutes, Harney, Jefferson, Lane, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook and Washington counties). At least four Lake County businesses and government entities (City of Lakeview and Lake Health District) presently use the E-Verify system.
Commissioners Shoun, Kestner, and Winters, I ask the Commissioners require Lake County government use the U.S. DHS- E-Verify system so if a job opening becomes available to work for the county a qualified U.S. citizen or foreign citizen legally present with authorization to work in the country can be first in line for that job.
David Olen Cross