- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In his letter to The Washington Times (“E-Verify would prolong recession,” Wednesday), Mr. Timothy Sparapani, a Washington-based lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, wrote that E-Verify “would have created obstacles to employment.” Specifically, according to Mr. Sparapani, E-Verify would bring about “significant delays in the hiring process for American citizens and immigrants in the country lawfully.”

He is wrong. E-Verify is used only after an employee is hired and is not part of the pre-employment screening procedure. Therefore, E-Verify cannot delay the hiring process. From both the workers’ and employers’ perspective, E-Verify is an excellent program. Employers can quickly and without charge access federal databases to check the legal status of workers. And E-Verify provides American workers with the assurance that they will not compete with illegal immigrants for scarce jobs. Despite Mr. Sparapani’s claim that E-Verify is error-riddled, its accuracy rate is 99.5 percent. I know firsthand how good the program is because I am an E-Verified employee.

JOE GUZZARDI

Bradford Woods, Pa.

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