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Obama admits E-Verify tool needs improvement

As an undocumented worker, finding employment is getting increasingly more difficult as many states and the federal government are cracking down on the hiring practice of businesses, which forces businesses to make employees jump through additional hoops.

At a recent press conference, President Obama said that E-Verify has been an effective tool for employers so far, but it must be improved in order to transform immigration reform further. E-Verify is an electronic employment database that employers use to verify the immigration status of potential and current workers.

During the press conference at the White House, Obama once again discussed his goal to repair the system, making it easier for qualified immigrants to acquire a job and for employers to be safe from the risk of rejecting an applicant on suspicion of being illegal when they are not.

This, in turn, means border security will need to be tougher and employers who are illegally hiring and exploiting workers will be found and dealt with, the president said. The president also stated that the United States must provide an easier way for immigrants in fear of deportation to gain legal status.

He added that immigration reform also needs to include the DREAM Act, which would provide conditional permanent residency to children who have lived in the United States for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment. The bill, with certain requirements, would also include children who arrived in the country before they became 16 years old, attend college or enlist in the military for a minimum of two years.

"I've said it before. I will say it again. I will say it next week. And I'll say it six months from now," the president said to the press. "We've got to have a system that makes sure that we uphold our tradition as a nation of laws and that we also uphold our tradition as a nation of immigrants."

Under South Carolina's recently adopted immigration bill, employers will be forced to use the federal E-Verify system to run citizenship status checks of all employees and job applicants. The new law goes into effect on January 1. Talk to an immigration expert if you need advice on how your business will be affected by the new law.

Source: Fox News Latino, "President Obama Says E-Verify is an Effective Tool, but Needs to be Perfected," 6/30/2011.

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