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Law? What Law? SEIU Now Opposes E-Verify.
It seems incredible in a country supposedly ruled by law and not men that an institution, regardless of what kind of institution, is permitted to exist while openly, willfully, and without shame encouraging and profiteering off of violations of federal law. Yet, that seems to be the case with the SEIU time and time again.
Last year, the SEIU organized protests against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (better known as ICE) for the agency’s enforcement of the law. At the time, the SEIU stated in a press release:
Rather than wasting limited funds to chase hard-working, tax-paying cleaners, home-care providers and nannies, the activists will call on President Obama and Secretary Janet Napolitano to re-focus ICE enforcement on its original goals of targeting crooked employers and criminals.
Okay. So, we get it. Señor Medina doesn’t like illegal aliens rounded up. After all, this is the same union boss that wants to convert those aliens into U.S. citizens so he can have eight million more “progressives” to rule.
However, if he doesn’t want illegals rounded up for being—well…illegal—it seems Eliseo Medina doesn’t want employers to comply with the law either.
E-Verify is a government-run system that many employers are using to verify whether job applicants are legally permitted to work. Simply stated, the E-Verify system:
…compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.
That sounds rather benign, doesn’t it?
Yet, on Thursday, the SEIU issued a press release quoting Medina, who stated:
“Mandatory E-Verify is the wrong solution at the wrong time. Unless E-Verify is part of broader, more comprehensive immigration reforms that restores fairness to our economy by ending illegal immigration, this job-killing bill would undermine economic recovery, waste billions of taxpayer dollars, and actually expand the underground economy.
“Once again, Republican ideologues would rather play politics than offer thoughtful policy solutions to one of America’s greatest challenges. This government mandate would cost taxpayers billions of dollars by pushing undocumented workers off the tax rolls and deeper into the underground economy…”
Wait a minute! So, Medina knows there are illegals employed unlawfully, and he doesn’t want them identified?
No. Of course not.
After all, according to the SEIU’s logic, laws are apparently made so they can be broken.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776