The New York Times recently published an article called, “Employers Fight Tough Measures on Immigration” by Julia Preston.
The article explains the immigration compliance dilemma faced by large and small employers around the U.S. Namely:
1. How to comply with laws that prohibit employment of unauthorized workers while at the same time complying with laws that prohibit discrimination against workers (anti-discrimination laws prohibit employers from requesting specific documents to verifying a worker’s legal status)?
2. How to deal with experienced, long-time employees when an employer learns that the worker may not be authorized to work? These workers know the job, are willing to work and would be difficult to replace.
3. How to find new workers who are willing and available to do certain jobs even at competitive wages? Many employers have found that the nature of a particular job or tight local employment levels make some jobs nearly impossible to fill.
The article cites a number of efforts that employers are making at the state level to combat the rise in immigration enforcement laws by state governments (which may turn out to be unconstitutional).
It also mentions a new pro-immigration federation called, ImmigrationWorks USA . Its website is: www.immigrationworksusa.org.
This is a new national organization advancing immigration reform that works for all Americans – employers, workers and citizens. Its twin goals: to educate the public about the benefits of immigration and build a mainstream grassroots constituency in favor of an overhaul.
To read the New York Times article in full, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/us/06employer.html?oref=login#