Volunteers discuss SAVE Basic Pilot with area employers
Mon Jan 29, 2006
(Denver, CO) - This past weekend, in Summit County, Colorado, volunteers from the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) completed a large-scale employer outreach campaign.
MCDC volunteers contacted over 100 restaurants, hotels, and other service industry employers in Vail, Avon, Minturn, Breckenridge, Keystone, Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco, Copper Mountain, and Leadville, to discuss employment verification tools. They found that a few restaurants, notably several fast-food chains in the Vail valley, already participate in the USCIS' Employment Verification Basic Pilot Program.
"I am very proud of our volunteers and what they accomplished this weekend," said Richard Rankin, MCDC's Colorado State Director. "They helped dozens of Summit County employers understand some of the recent changes to Colorado law that went into effect January 1. They sacrificed their personal time to drive across the county and discuss the SAVE Basic Pilot. The response was overwhelmingly positive. This free federal program helps employers verify that Social Security and I-9 information is legitimate, and that all new hires are authorized to work in the U.S. The system isn't perfect. But it's a huge step forward for employers who want to stay on the right side of the law."
Ironically, on the same day that Minuteman volunteers fanned out across Summit County, local newspaper front-page headlines declared "Immigration Laws Cause Confusion" and asked "How do you know a worker is legal?" Just two days earlier, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment had cancelled a conference in Beaver Creek to educate employers on these very issues.
Rankin says that the MCDC plans to continue providing this information to employers across Colorado. For more information about SAVE Basic Pilot, go to https://www.vis-dhs.com. For more information about the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, go to http://www.MinutemanHQ.com/CO.