The Argus Observer
Letter To The Editor
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 11:13 AM PST
Malheur County government should use E-Verify
Malheur County Judge Joyce, Commissioners Wettstein and Hodge, should require Malheur County government use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizen and Immigration Services E-Verify system.
The importance of Malheur County using the U.S. DHS CIS E-Verify system really becomes apparent with Oregon’s unemployment rate in November being 9.1 percent, 167,563 were unemployed. The county’s November unemployment numbers were at 10.3 percent; 1,132 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, a number that equates to 4.9 percent of the states civilian labor force.
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.
Fifteen of 36 Oregon county governments are now using the E-Verify system (Clatsop, Coos, Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Jefferson, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill counties). Fifteen Malheur County businesses and government entities (Ontario School District 8C and Vale School District No. 8) presently use the E-Verify system.
Malheur County residents should contact Judge Joyce, Commissioners Wettstein and Hodge, and ask them to require Malheur County government use the U.S. DHS CIS 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