30. RESOLUTION OPPOSING EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION (BASIC PILOT E-VERIFY) AND CALLING FOR AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON WORKSITE RAIDS

lclaaLCLAA 17TH NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP CONVENTION
ORLANDO, FL
AUGUST 4-8, 2008


RESOLUTION:

30. RESOLUTION OPPOSING EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION (BASIC PILOT E-VERIFY) AND CALLING FOR AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON WORKSITE RAIDS

 

Whereas, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) seek the mandatory use of the E-Verify system by all federal sector contractors; and

Whereas, in spite of continuing evidence that the databases on which Basic Pilot/E-Verify relies are plagued by inaccuracies and that a substantial percentage of the employers using the program abuse; and

Whereas, this mandatory E- Verify system if implemented would affect an estimated 4 million federal sector workers if applied to new employees and existing employees; and

Whereas, there is a concern for the broader and negative implications that an expansion of the use of E-Verify by all other sectors will have on the U.S. workforce; and

Whereas, Latino workers are among the most vulnerable and have a higher likelihood to be disproportionately affected by this program; and

Whereas, this program has the potential to be used as a union busting tactic by unscrupulous employers; and

Whereas, as a result, employers affected by the order may well engage in prohibited behavior such as using the program for purposes other than verifying employment eligibility or to prescreen employment candidates, resulting in discrimination against workers; and

Whereas, current escalation of worksite raids by ICE have further devastated Latino workers and their families by violating their human rights, constitutional and due process rights, and tearing apart the basic foundation of our families and consequently, our society;

Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) states our unequivocal opposition to this pilot E-Verify program and commits to communicate our opposition to E-Verify through submission of public comments due no later than August 11, 2008; and

Be it Further Resolved, that the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) will communicate our opposition to the E-Verify to all government agencies, Congress and other elected officials;

Be it Further Resolved, that the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) will mobilize its chapters to take action and to oppose the implementation of E-Verify by any employer; and

Be it Further Resolved, that the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) calls for an immediate moratorium on worksite raids; and

Be it Finally Resolved, that the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) will call on its friends and allies to join us in this call for an end to the abuse caused by the worksite raids.

Respectfully Submitted By,
National LCLAA Executive Board

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