Give jobs to U.S. citizens (Crook County)

The Bulletin bend

Give jobs to U.S. citizens

December 13, 2011 4:00 am

Crook County Judge Mike McCabe and commissioners Ken Fahlgren and Seth Crawford should require Crook County government use of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizen and Immigration Services E-Verify system.

The importance of Crook County using the system really becomes apparent with Oregon’s unemployment rate in October being 9.5 percent — 177,350 were unemployed. The county’s October unemployment numbers were at 15.8 percent — 1,268 were unemployed.

Unemployed U.S. citizens or foreign citizens 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 employers not currently using the 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 those authorized to work in the country.

Currently, 2,227 Oregon employers use the 98.6 percent accurate E-Verify system. Twelve of 36 Oregon county governments now use E-Verify — Clatsop, Deschutes, Harney, Jefferson, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook and Washington. Ten Crook County businesses presently use E-Verify.

Crook County residents should contact McCabe, Fahlgren and Crawford and ask them to require Crook County government to use the E-Verify system, so that if a job opening becomes available to work for the county, a qualified U.S. citizen or foreign citizen with authorization to work in the country can be first in line for that job.

David Olen Cross


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