State leaders should implement E-verify

Letter date: 
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Letter publisher: 
Statesman Journal (Salem OR)
Letter author: 
Jerry Ritter
Letter body: 

Cynthia Kendoll ("Border tour opens eyes of reform group leader," March 14) is absolutely right that we need mandatory E-verify to help take away the jobs magnet for illegal aliens.

The feds won't implement E-verify because many Republicans want low wages for businesses and most Democrats are afraid of a Latino backlash. But states can implement E-verify, thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision.

The Oregon Legislature has had numerous chances to pass this "no-brainer" legislation but the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate refuse to even consider it.

Our legislators claim to be pro-jobs. Jobs for whom? The failure of multiple E-verify bills has answered that question.

— Jerry Ritter, Springfield