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According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, “E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify is fast, free and easy to use – and it’s the best way employers can ensure a legal workforce.”


So who’s afraid of E-Verify? Apparently many conservative Republican Florida state legislators are. Most notably, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who refused to bring E-Verify up for a floor vote when he was House Speaker. Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater did the same when he was President of the Florida Senate. Current Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos brought an illegal immigration bill before that body, but it lacked the “teeth” that E-Verify would have provided. Rumor has it that’s what prompted to him to drop out of the primary battle to face Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.


Florida Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, also voted to remove E-Verify  from the bill, stating that it was too complex, too expensive and would impose a huge burden on businesses. I would direct Senator Bogdanoff to the wording from the government’s own website, “E-Verify is fast, free and easy to use.”


I recently spoke to a U.S. Immigration officer on this issue last week. He indicated that E-Verify involves a one-page form that the applicant completes and presents to the employer, together with two matching pieces of identification. The employer then enters the data into the government database, which quickly determines the applicant’s eligibility to work. The officer admitted that the system has a few minor glitches, but even if the glitches were to account for one false hit out of a thousand, it’s far more accurate than the alternative, which is doing nothing at all.


Sen. Bogdanoff will be facing primary opposition in her 2012 re-election bid from Mike Lameyer, a local conservative GOP activist and author of The Screwing of Mr. & Mrs. Joe America. E-Verify is one of the principle issues Lameyer is campaigning on, and he makes some powerful arguments.


He points to studies indicating that illegal immigration costs Floridians upwards of $4 billion per year, which, if eliminated, would turn our projected $2 billion shortfall into a $2 billion surplus. He also indicates that in his experience, E-Verify is self-policing. In most cases, when an illegal applicant is presented with an E-Verify form, he simply turns around and walks out. Finally, he submits that mechanization has removed much of the former need for cheap foreign labor. In many cases, it’s made farming more profitable. In any event, I can’t imagine anyone begrudging a few more pennies for a pound of tomatoes, especially if the consumer would no longer be on the hook for the shortfall the state now faces. 


Critics of E-Verify argue that other labor-intensive industries, such as construction and hospitality, depend deeply upon foreign labor for their existence. Proponents of slavery in the antebellum South made much the same argument. Eventually they were proved wrong. It took a civil war to do it then. It’s going to take a politically courageous Florida state legislature to disprove that tired, old argument today.

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I thought critics claim it was gov't interfering with our privacy-which hasn't made sense to me since I am American born, have all my gov't issued docs, have to get fingerprinted everytime I take a new job or do home health as a healthcare provider, etc.

So what's the beef?? we need illegals to stay illegal??? to fill jobs legal Americans could do????

I never understood what the beef was either, Kate. Nonetheless, E-Verify never seems to get passed. The Lord knows I love Marco Rubio and I'd vote again for him in a heartbeat, but, just like the rest, he never let it out of committee.

When I was researching this, I got a chuckle out of Jeff Atwater. Now that he's our Chief Financial Officer, he says that he favors E-Verify. It's too bad he didn't feel that way when he was Senate President and could actually do something about it.


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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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