The E-Verify bill is bad for immigrant families in Pa. | Opinion

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By Amaha Kassa

This has been a bad week for immigrant families in Pennsylvania (“Despite Immigration Concerns” 6/17). On Monday, Pennsylvania House Democrats helped pass a bill that would institute the dangerous and discriminatory E-Verify program in the construction industry.

Instead of protecting Pennsylvania’s working people, E-Verify actually complicates workers’ lives with a new form of potential discrimination.

Studies have shown that E-Verify often harms legal immigrants, U.S.-born Latinos, and anyone with a hyphenated last name (generally married women). The Cato Institute has calculated that over half a million qualified workers have lost their jobs because of these mistakes.

As a national organization of immigrants from Africa across the country, including many in Pennsylvania, we often see our members wrongly flagged because they have difficult or unusual names that are recorded incorrectly.

We’ve come to expect this kind of targeting of immigrant communities from the Trump Administration, which just this week threatened to deport millions of immigrant families. But we expect better from elected officials who call themselves friends of immigrants and working people. Will our real friends please stand up and say “Enough”?

Amaha Kassa is the executive director of African Communities Together, a New York City-based advocacy group. 


  1. It is up to the working individual to ensure that the information they are submitting to a potential employer is consistent, accurate and up-to-date. Working US citizens are held to that standard……there should be no exceptions for non-US citizens who wish to work in the US.

  2. The current migration at our border is costing taxpayers a Kings ransom ($17,000 per day ABC news.) Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars.

    We have Democrat / Socialists in the Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations the “benefits” & laws of coming to the USA and to make sure you bring your children and use the the magic words…..”credible fear.” Mexico recently arrested two socialist activists who were instrumental in the organizing of prior caravans, Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is “manufactured” as literally thousands attack our border daily? National Sovereignty is a myth to Democrats. The crisis is manufactured…by the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop.. They will with hold border security support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country as possible overwhelming our BP & ICE before assisting in border security (if ever.)

    To Democrats/Socialists programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing “temporary or deferred” about these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt, against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great.

  3. How come these type of comments don’t ever include any ideas how to fix the alleged problems? And there are also so few facts and figures. Anecdotal remarks are not facts.


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