Washington, D.C., November 1, 2011 — On Monday, October 24, the Competitive Enterprise Institute hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on E-Verify, the controversial electronic employment verification system that is the subject of legislation pending before the U.S. House of Representatives.
In addition to a lively panel discussion about E-Verify, the event featured a vigorous exchange during Q&A in which legislative staffers and policy advocates debated various aspects of the system with the panelists. One panelist, the ACLU’s Chris Calabrese, wrote that the event was “far and away the best [he’d] had the privilege to be part of.”
>> A highlight reel from the event is available on YouTube here (the Q&A begins at 2:40).
CEI Immigration Policy Analyst Alex Nowrasteh moderated the discussion panel. Participants included Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union; Andrew Langer, president of the Institute for Liberty; David Burton, general counsel for the National Small Business Association; and Phillip Wolgin, immigration policy analyst at the Center for American Progress.
>> For more about E-Verify, see Alex Nowrasteh and Ryan Radia’s August 4 Orange County Register op-ed, “E-Verify is an Abysmal Failure,” and Alex Nowrasteh’s September 23 column in The Huffington Post, “E-Verify E-Viscerates Labor Market.”