You have heard the argument:  Gun prohibition won’t keep guns out of the hands of criminals or make us safe. Making guns illegal will primarily disarm peaceful citizens make it hard for them to lawfully obtain a gun.

As can be said of gun laws, the same can be applied to the new Alabama mandatory “permission to work” law.  Prohibiting the hiring of illegals (which is already the law) and mandating the use of e-verify will not stop businesses from hiring illegal immigrants. It will primarily just add burdens onto those businesses which try to comply with the law. In fact, evidence suggests that e-verify will be pushed into informal or underground employment.

As evidenced by this AP news report, those already mandated to use E-Verify still hire illegal immigrants.

Federal prosecutors want a Mississippi businessman to forfeit $475,000 for employing illegal immigrants, including some who worked construction jobs at the federal courthouse where he was convicted in the scheme and at a nearby military base.

Randy Weitzel of Gulfport was identified in court records as the operator of Biloxi-based Artisan Textures Inc. and Procoat of LA Inc., based in Baton Rouge, La. He pleaded guilty June 3 to conspiracy to defraud the United States. Sentencing is set for Sept. 1. . .

Weitzel was convicted along with two other men, Woody Brodtmann Jr. of Bay St. Louis and Agustin Arcadia of Vancleave. Weitzel and Brodtmann were indicted in 2009 for knowingly hiring and harboring illegal immigrants, including some who worked for Artisan Textures at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi as far back as 2003. Arcadia was charged later. . . .

Prosecutors said they had proof Weitzel knew some of his workers were illegal — in 2003 he allegedly stopped paying a worker under one name and began paying him under another name.

Prosecutors said Weitzel rented homes for illegal immigrants as far back as 2000. Police raided one of the homes in 2004, but court records said federal immigration officials didn’t have the resources to detain the illegal immigrants at the time. An unnamed coconspirator allegedly rented hotel rooms to hide the men.

What the articles does not say is that Weitzel was required to run all his employees though E-verify. These were federal projects; all federal contractors and subcontractors are required to use E-Verify to vet the employment eligibility of their workers.

How did Weitzel get around E-verify? The article does not say. While E-verify catches illegal workers “almost half of the time,” it is possible these workers slipped through the system. I doubt that though because prosecutors could prove he knew they were illegal. So most likely, to confirm that some businesses that are going to break the law will find ways around E-verify, the real burden of the law will fall on those that would obey the law without the new red-tape.


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