Homeland Security Attacks Iowa SHRM


Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Stewart Baker said, "I suppose corporate hiring is easier if you can hire illegal workers."
Photo: John Shinkle

It’s one thing to have officials question a lobbying group’s motives behind closed doors. But, as the Society for Human Resource Management found out, it’s quite another to be slammed publicly on a government blog.

The author of the controversial July 11 post was Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Stewart Baker, who took issue with the group’s push to replace the E-Verify system, the on-line program that allows employers to check the legal immigration status of its hires.

SHRM lobbies for the HR execs who do corporate hiring. It also opposes E-Verify,” Baker wrote on the department’s blog. “I suppose corporate hiring is easier if you can hire illegal workers, so perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that SHRM wants to kill a program that makes it harder to hire illegal workers.” The society of HR professionals hasn’t taken the jab lightly. On Friday, the group sent a letter to its 240,000 members, decrying the “uninformed and insulting” characterization. By Tuesday morning, about 4,500 members had contacted lawmakers to complain about Baker’s inaccurate and sarcastic conclusions, said the society’s lobbyist, Mike Aitken. To read the full article click here.

SHRM fight’s back – click here to read the SHRM President’s response to the blog post by Mr. Baker.

What are your thoughts or experience on this? Is E-Verify all it is cracked up to be or does SHRM have a real argument.

Full Disclosure: I am a member of SHRM’s Central Iowa Chapter and believe that they do have the best interest of business’s that they represent in mind with their concerns.

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