The IRCA was passed and signed into law in 1986. That was 35 years ago. This is not a joke about oh noes how can that be so long ago. This is a point that employers must confirm that employees are allowed to work in the US legally has been the law for 35 years. This isn't new.
The I-9 form began to be used after that point. In 1996, IIRIRA was passed and signed into law. That set up three separate programs for verification of employee's status. In 2004, the Basic Pilot Program began using online systems to conduct the verification.
In 2007, the Basic Pilot Program was renamed E-Verify. I'm pulling this information from here, not off the top of my head:…
I remember the debates around IRCA and the compromise that was claimed to be reached was a one time amnesty in exchange for increased border security measures and employers being on the hook for employing those here illegally. We've seen how that's worked out.
Let us do the Herculean task of setting aside the you are a racist caterwauling when immigration laws are discussed. Instead, let's focus on how the compromises are never kept. There's a reason those of us over the age of, say, 50, are intensely cynical about any compromise.
It's been 35 years where those who want what is, in effect, open borders get what they want immediately while the claimed enforcement mechanisms seem never to take place, not really. Oh, every now and again there will be a raid on an employer but only now and again.
And every freaking year, like clockwork, the shrieking begins about how the crops will not be brought in and no American will do the back breaking work, which, yes, it is, of bringing in the crops and thus we have to use desperate people to do that work.
Here's the thing: there are fairly extensive laws and regulations about migrant workers already on the books. Here's a basic resource on those that's written at least somewhat in English and not Legal.…
These laws were debated and passed and are, supposedly, the law of the land. And yet, every freaking year, like clockwork, when a politicians makes mouth noises that hey maybe those should be followed banshee shrieking erupts as if no such laws exist. It's wearying.
The disingenuousness of it all sets my teeth on edge. If you think there should be no laws requiring employment verification, then argue that. But, no, seriously, you don't get to pretend the laws do not exist. You don't, not if you want to be considered a sentient being.
OMG THAT HEARTLESS PERSON WANTS E-VERIFY TO BE USED. Yeah, guess what? There's laws on the books, probably older than the person wailing, that require that employment status be verified. Don't like it? Repeal it. Go ahead. Change the law. Do it.
The absolute and utter refusal to accept that, hey, the other side gets to enforce the portions of the act that were used to get them to agree to pass it in the first place is Veruca Salt tantrum throwing. I have no respect for it. No one should respect it. It's pathetic.

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