A job-killing bill to require employers to check all new hires against a centralized federal database, called E-Verify, is expected to be marked up next week in the House Immigration Subcommittee.
Chairman Lamar Smith hopes to couple E-Verify with a provision allowing agri-business to freely bring in foreign migratory farm workers for brief periods of work. The move by Smith aims to erode farmer support for comprehensive immigration reform by supplying them with an immediate influx of cheap labor. The proposal echoes the abusive Braceros Program, which began during WWII labor shortages and was ended in 1964.
There will be a protest against E-Verify outside the Long Island office of Congressman Peter King (1003 Park Boulevard, Massapequa Park) on September 14 at 4:30pm.