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Industry Groups Call On Senate to Reauthorize, Improve and Expand E-Verify Program

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The American Meat Institute (AMI) sent a letter to Senators yesterday calling for legislative reauthorization and improvement of the online employment verification program “E-Verify.”  The program, used widely by the meat industry and many other industries to ensure employee eligibility to work in the U.S., is set to expire November 30th.

The National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, National Meat Association and the National Pork Producers Council joined AMI on the letter.

 The five groups requested that reauthorization legislation include the following provisions: 

·         A voluntary biometric pilot program to address the growing issue of identity theft

·         Employee and employer liability protection

·         Reduction in the number of documents that can be offered when applying for a job to seven (down from the current 24)

·         Strong federal preemption language putting a stop to the growing patchwork of state and local laws

 “We believe the incorporation of these much-needed modifications to the E-Verify program will effectively exclude imposters using fraudulent employment documents, “the letter states. “These modifications, found in H.R. 6454, represent a measured approach to fixing the current broken system without imposing measures that will prove incapable of effective implementation, severely harm U.S. businesses and fail to address the problem of document fraud that defeats the current employment verification system.”

To view a copy of this letter in its entirety, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/41883

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