E-Verify Fails to Cover Company From Immigration Raid


Feds arrest 595 suspected illegal workers of a Mississippi company in a raid that likely will add fuel to business opposition to the government verification system.

Howard Industries, a Mississippi manufacturer of electrical products, is the latest example of a company being targeted for immigration enforcement despite using a government-run employment verification system.

The incident, however, is unlikely to derail legislation to extend the program’s authorization or to affect a proposed federal regulation to make the government system, called E-Verify, mandatory for federal contractors, some say.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 595 Howard workers suspected of being illegal in an August 25 raid that likely will add fuel to smoldering opposition to the government verification system by business groups.

“Howard Industries runs every check allowed to ascertain the immigration status of all applicants for jobs,” the company said in a statement. “It is company policy that it hires only U.S. citizens and legal immigrants.”

The 595 workers were charged with identity theft and fraudulent use of Social Security numbers.

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