Mitt Romney, conservatives and Tea Party stalwarts can all say: doh! to the libertarian Cato Institute’s analysis of E-Verify. In short, the Cato Institute gives a confident thumbs down to what critics have called a draconian immigration law.
In a new study of E-Verify written by the Cato Institute’s Daniel Griswold: “E-Verify not only fails to live up to expectations, the law has cost Arizona billions of dollars in direct and indirect costs.”
In addition, the Maricopa Sheriff’s office and Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio were called out for “helping hurt business in Arizona.”
E-Verify requires businesses to submit job applicants names to a federal database in an effort to assure anyone hired is legally entitled to work. Although E-Verify is now blamed by Cato for harming the Arizona economy, it was intended as a “do no harm” to business and a help to those legally able to work.
Arizona is a right to wrok state. From Wikipedia: “A “right-to-work” law is a statute in the United States of America that prohibits union security agreements, or agreements between labor unions and employers that govern the extent to which an established union can require employees’ membership, payment of union dues, or fees as a condition of employment, either before or after hiring. Right-to-work laws exist in twenty-three U.S. states, mostly in the southern and western United States. Such laws are allowed under the 1947 federal Taft–Hartley Act.”
Action and reaction. Business is a particular beneficiary in “right to work states” because Unions are weakened. E-Verify was a reaction to an influx of illegal immigration from Mexico, Central and South America. It turns out E-Verify back fired on one of the Republican’s favorite schemes.
Mitt Romney and his Running mate Paul Ryan made no secret that they strongly back E-Verify. Not only that, but E-Verify is one of the central policies advanced by the Republican Party and Tea Party nation wide. Could the Republican Party and the Mitt Romney campaign get any more snake bitten? It could.
This from Pheonix New Times Mathew Hendley’ Blog: “The Cato Institute — a libertarian think-tank — needed just seven words to sum up its report today on how Arizona’s immigration laws are affecting business, and put those words right at the front of its analysis: “Arizona’s immigration laws have hurt its economy.”
And adds: “The Legal Arizona Workers Act — which also includes a “death penalty” for businesses hiring undocumented immigrants — has businesses hiring fewer workers, moving out of Arizona, or just operating off the books, according to the Cato Institute. The think tank blames 1070 for “exacerbat[ing] the Great Recession in Arizona,” among other things.”
The reports that States considering Arizona-style immigration laws should realize that the laws also cause significant economic harm,” the report says. “States bear much of the cost of unauthorized immigration, but in Arizona’s rush to find a state solution, it damaged its own economy.”
The Sheriff’s office and Joe Arpaio’s zealous enforcement, including work place raids are described by the Cato Institute as having negative economic impacts: Some businesses cannot find suitable employees. Those and other firms have cited the draconian law and enforcement as their reason for moving from Arizona, taking their jobs with them.
Cato Institute stud: http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/105493754?access_key=key-17dhbx5wh6exe7kfznqu
Pheoix New Times: http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2012/09/arizona_immigration_laws_and_j.php