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October 29th, 2008
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Dick Bowker's "less government" lie
The signs for Dick Bowker, running for state representative from Nashua, say "less government, less spending." But look more closely at his campaign materials and you discover that's a lie. By his own statement, he will work to impose the "E-Verify" system on all New Hampshire workers, requiring us to be cleared through a federal database before we are permitted to work for a living. As discussed by the Cato Institute, E-Verify can and does prevent American citizens from exercising one of their most basic rights -- the right to earn one's living. If there is a glitch and you're reported as "non-confirmed" by Social Security and Homeland Security, then you have to go through a bureaucratic ordeal before you are allowed to work anywhere. Errors are in fact throwing people out of their jobs.

Bowker's Orwellian proposal would fall most heavily on small businesses, which would proportionately bear a greater load of paperwork.

"Less government"? Bowker is just throwing those words at us because he thinks they'll help him be elected. What he wants is the opposite.

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Date:October 30th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Isn't there already a federal law since the 1980s which requires you to be authorized and verified to work via form I9? Have to have a SS# and/or H1 Visa and/or valid Identification and/or passport...

Small businesses already have to file a significant amount of paperwork and verify the documents anyway. E-Verify does sound easier on the front of things.

What they need to do with this database system of theirs, is fix the errors, and pass rules/laws which prevent a legal citizen from being fired until the paperwork is fixed, with severe sanctions if errors occur.

What I wonder is, will E-Verify replace real document verification over a simple SS# check. Is this the continuation of a national identity card? Probably yes.

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Date:October 30th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
I've only had one new employer in recent years, and I was required only to tell them my social security number. It's a big university, so they weren't working under the radar.

Any really large database, gathered from many different sources, contains errors. Demanding an error-free system covering some 300 million people under 50 different systems of state law and many thousands of town clerks' filing systems is simply not realistic.

Putting employers in a double bind, where they'll be shut down for employing possible illegal immigrants and for mistakenly firing people as possible illegal immigrants, is not going to help the situation. It will just give employers one more reason to get out while the getting's good -- and the getting is looking quite good with the current economy.

I'm not quite sure what you're asking in the last paragraph, but E-Verify and REAL ID have an obvious synergy. I'm assuming that Bowker is in favor of both.
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