Use E-Verify (Wallowa County)

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The community website of the Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon

Use E-Verify

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:12 am | Updated: 10:14 am, Wed Jan 18, 2012.

To the Editor:

Wallowa County Commissioners Hayward, Roberts, and Castilleja should require Wallowa County government use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Citizen and Immigration Services (CIS) E-Verify system.

The importance of Wallowa 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 10.8 percent; 354 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 state’s 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 thirty-six 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).

Six Wallowa County businesses presently use the E-Verify system.

Wallowa County residents should contact Commissioners Hayward, Roberts, and Castilleja and ask them to require Wallowa 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

Salem

http://wallowa.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/use-e-verify/article_4dca2ff2-4200-11e1-97ac-0019bb2963f4.html

 

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