Operations Manager and Corporate Vice President of Alpha Express, Inc. in Waterloo, IA
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"A targeted legislative proposal to require all employers to use [E-Verify]... would come at a serious cost to small business owners, particularly if not packaged with broader immigration reform...
[E]ven if the program's error rates are held at current levels, an estimated 156,000 authorized workers would be threatened with job loss by system errors. If error rates rise with the expansion of the program, this problem will be magnified, costing time and money for workers and business owners to fix mistakes, and taking their focus away from building businesses, serving customers, and creating jobs.
These problems will be compounded for authorized immigrant workers and business sectors that have a disproportionate share of immigrant workers, like food service and landscaping...
[S]tand-alone E-Verify is simply out of touch with economic reality. Without broad reforms to modernize our immigration laws and help the 11 million aspiring Americans who live here now but in the shadows, mandatory E-Verify won’t fix our immigration problems; it will only drive more economic activity underground. The Congressional Budget Office estimates this could cut tax revenues by $17 billion over 10 years – not good for the country’s bottom line."
Cowritten with David Borris and Cristina McNeil, "On Its Own, E-Verify Places Too Heavy a Burden on Small Businesses," washingtonpost.com, May 17, 2013