Monday, December 18, 2006

School District Adopts DHS program to screen employees for illegal immigrants.

The West Covina (California) Unified School District has decided to use the federal government's Basic Pilot Program to screen employees for their eligibility to work in the United States.

It appears that this is the first government body in the country that has reported using the Basic Pilot Program."

The School Board voted unanimously in favor of implementing the service that was originally designed for businesses interested in determining whether their applicants for employment were legal residents.

Operated by the Department of Homeland Security, the Basic Pilot program is a free online system available to all employers to verify the eligibility of employees to work in the United States. It is run in coordination with the Social Security Administration. Its website is https//

Thousands of private employers already use it, such as Dunkin' Brands with its
Dunkin' Donuts stores, Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlors, and Togo restaurants.

Government agencies are not immune from employing illegal aliens with fraudulent
documents. The City of Los Angeles found five illegal aliens working for over
three years in jobs ranging from management analyst to water sampling technician.
And a growing number of military bases have discovered that they have been employing illegal aliens in custodial positions.

Editor's note: The Basic Pilot program has proven its effectiveness for several years. As one of the few programs that the DHS has iin its arsenal for preventing illegal aliens from taking American jobs, it should be a mandatory program, not a pilot program. What is the government waiting for?

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