"E-Verify is a step in the right direction but does not work adequately in its current form," he said. "If strengthened, this program will serve as an effective and efficient 'virtual border.'"
Brown said the meat and poultry industry's most common issue, identity fraud, could be avoided by allowing employers to require an E-Verify Self Check – an online service that allows U.S. employees to check their employment eligibility in the United States before beginning a new job.
Continued access to the labor pool is also a key element of the coalition's framework for immigration reform. "An effective occupational visa system may be the most important barrier to illegal immigration," Brown said.
AFBF economists estimate that the agricultural economy and the broader U.S. economy are facing $9 billion or more in lost productivity each year if the agriculture labor force issue is not addressed.
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