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Linn County Commissioners Nyquist, Lindsey, and Tucker should require Linn County government use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Citizen and Immigration Services (CIS) E-Verify system.

The importance of Linn County using the E-Verify system really becomes apparent with Oregon’s unemployment rate in October being 9.5 percent; 177,350 were unemployed. The county’s October unemployment numbers were at 12.0 percent; 6,125 residents were unemployed.

Unemployed Oregonians who are U.S. citizens or foreign citizens legally present with authorization to work in the country should not have to compete for jobs with a purported 97,000 undocumented foreign national workers illegally in the state.

If all Oregon employers not currently using the E-Verify system were required to use it, Oregon’s unemployment rate would drop dramatically because all new jobs created in the state would go to those authorized to work in the country.

Currently 2,227 Oregon employers use the 98.6 percent accurate E-Verify system. Twelve of 36 Oregon county governments are now using the E-Verify system. Fifty-four Linn County businesses presently use the E-Verify system.

Linn County residents should contact Commissioners Nyquist, Lindsey and Tucker and ask them to require Linn County government use the E-Verify system so if a job opening becomes available to work for the county, a qualified U.S. citizen or foreign citizen legally present with authorization to work in the country can be first in line for that job.

David Olen Cross, Salem (Dec. 12)

Commissioner Will Tucker responded to David Cross and the Democrat-Herald: “Linn County has been using E-Verify since 2009. Checking the system is part of our standard hiring process. We have seen value in this for years, and use it for all of our hires.”

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