AMI Praises Bill to Extend and Expand ‘E-Verify’ Employment Verification ProgramThursday, July 10, 2008
Washington, DC – The American Meat Institute (AMI) today praised the introduction of a bill that would extend and expand the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify employment verification program.
The E-Verify Extension and Expansion Act of 2008, HR 6454, introduced by Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT), would reauthorize and expand the current E-Verify program, which is set to expire November 30, 2008.
E-Verify is intended to exclude unauthorized workers through verification of employment documents with the use of government databases. Rep. Cannon’s legislation maintains the voluntary status of the E-Verify program, addresses the issue of identity theft through a voluntary biometric component and includes federal preemption language to address the growing patchwork of state-based immigration laws.
“This legislation could not have come at a more critical time,” said American Meat Institute President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle. “Ensuring that our employees are eligible to work is our legal obligation – and makes good business sense. We have strongly supported past efforts by Congress to reauthorize the program and were at the forefront advocating expansion of the program to all 50 states after its initial introduction as a pilot program.”
AMI and other members of the meat, poultry and livestock sectors have been among the earliest embracers of the program and strong advocates of E-Verify as a component of comprehensive immigration reform.
“We thank Rep. Cannon for his leadership in the area of immigration reform and urge Members of both the House and Senate to co-sponsor this bill,” Boyle said.
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