Today in “Well, duh”: A study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform found that states that required employers to screen out illegal immigrants via the E-Verify program had lower rates of unemployment.
The FAIR report, issued Thursday, looked at “14 states that have created or expanded E-Verify laws since 2009, and found that almost all of the states experienced a drop in unemployment rates as a result, even while the national average increased.”
The study used the “U-6” unemployment rate, which includes those who have given up looking for work and “who are working part-time for purely economic reasons — as opposed to those who may be working part-time by choice.”
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E-Verify, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, is an electronic database that allows employers to verify a prospective employee’s legal status. The system, which has a 99.7 percent accuracy rate, was originally commissioned by Congress in 1996. LifeZette reports that while Congress authorized the system’s creation, lawmakers never mandated its use.
The study was yet more evidence against one of the liberal complaints about impediments to illegal immigration — namely, that efforts like this don’t work.
“Many opponents of E-Verify portray the system as a barrier to employment opportunities,” the study reads. “To the contrary, this study finds that states requiring the use of E-Verify are leading recovery efforts following the worst global recession since World War II.”
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“E-Verify ensures that only authorized workers gain employment opportunities in the states where it’s being used,” FAIR President Dan Stein said. “As a result, American jobs are going to authorized workers, many of whom had abandoned their job hunt altogether and had given up hope of ever again finding employment.
“Making E-Verify mandatory across the nation would open the door of opportunity to many of America’s most disadvantaged workers who have been systematically pushed out of the workforce by widespread illegal immigration,” Stein said.
Americans of all parties should be able to get behind that.
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