Monday, September 12, 2011

Grand America Caught in DHS Audit

The Grand America Hotel is an excellent example of the need for Everify and the protection it can afford both businesses AND employees

Utah Law requires all businesses, with over 15 Employees, to use Everify and both federal and state law prohibit the hiring of “unauthorized aliens.” Regrettably, no penalties were attached for noncompliance in Utah, but its use might have provided some escape from punishment if it had been used.  

According to the SL Tribune article, the five-star Salt Lake hotel in a DHS audit showed that the hotel could NOT “provide legal documentation to work in the United States.“ 

The Deseret News report stated “DHS determined that some hotel employees did not have valid documentation to work in the United States even though they had presented facially valid documents when they were hired.” 

No further explanation was given, but it is well known the the State of Utah issued Driver's License to illegal aliens for several years before changing “Driver Privilege Cards."   Both documents might be considered "facially valid documents" as they are official Utah Photo "identification" cards, which are not supposed to be used for identification. 

Apparently, the Hotel may have been using the I-9 form which requires NO verification by the employer when hiring.  The Tribune article reports that "The documentation of all new hires is checked against federal databases under the E-Verify system."  The Grand America Hotel was not found on UFIRE's  DHS provided Utah E-Verify users databases
through June 2011.  The use of E-Verify in Utah was mandated beginning July 2010

A later database showed they finally signed up for E-Verify in July around the time of a controversial protest over "the Grand America Hotel’s attack on immigrants."

According to this article "The Grand America Hotel bosses set a July 6 deadline for all of the employees. The bosses require that all workers reapply and either show the necessary documentation or face immediate termination. However, the bosses extended this deadline one month, to Aug. 6 in order to ensure staffing at the Governors’ Conference."

Utah Valley University Revolutionary Students Union said, “Defending workers, especially those who are immigrants is a top priority. Grand America is attacking the right to receive a living wage and enforcing racist systems of verification. An attack on one worker is an attack on all of us.”

After the DHS audit, a total of over 100 undocumented employees lost their jobs because of lack of  proof of legal status.  Nothing has been reporting concerning replacements, but as of the end of July there were 41,290 unemployed people in Salt Lake County. 

Although the Hotel association reported a $12 wage for the hotel jobs, Workforces Services has several listed a $8.25/hr.
Grand America Hotel is a GOLD member of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce which was the primary proponent of the Utah Guest Worker Permit (HB 116) which attempts to “legalize the illegal” or in their words


Brittanicus said...

The first votes on amendments may happen today. Then, the committee will resume debate and votes on dozens more amendments next week.

The open-borders organizations sponsored by the Soros, Carnegie and Ford Foundations are waging an all-out grassroots phone campaign to gut or kill Lamar Smith's E-Verify bill. Don't let any Member of the Judiciary Committee hear more phone calls in favor of illegal-alien hiring than the phone calls from you supporting Lamar Smith's bill.

Roy Beck, President of the NumbersUSA says it will do for your State:



Friends, Go to NumbersUSA's website that and shows you the 30 ways that Chairman Lamar Smith's H.R. 2885 would ensure that only legal workers get payroll jobs in your state.

In the history of the United States, there never has been a piece of legislation going through committee that would do so much to turn off the jobs magnet for illegal immigration and protect jobs for American workers.

Now, please does your part to help get this bill through committee in as close to its present form as possible?

Your state is represented on the Judiciary Committee and can be reached through the Washington Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

ACTION: Please PHONE at the number above and urge rapid and clean passage of H.R. 2885 in the Judiciary Committee markup.

If you are a constituent in the District of a Member of the Judiciary Committee you will find a fax to send at:

Brittanicus said...

Among talking points are these:

• Everybody talks about putting Americans back to work--but few do anything. The Judiciary Committee can start putting hundreds of thousands of unemployed Americans back to work this year for virtually no cost by passing H.R. 2885.

• Make H.R. 2885 the first jobs bill out of Congress this fall. Vote for the Legal Workforce Act in committee.

• Pass H.R. 2885 in the Judiciary Committee and make sure that no veteran, no citizen and no legal immigrant is unemployed because an outlaw business is able to hire an illegal alien.

• H.R. 2885 is legislation carefully crafted to get through the House and Senate and get the President's signature. It is not about grandstanding but about changing the law THIS FALL and starting to put millions of unemployed Americans back to work over the next three years.

• The argument about what to do with 11 million illegal aliens can be done later. For now, though, let's make sure that none of them is taking a job from an American citizen or legal immigrant. Pass H.R. 2885.

• H.R. 2885 is the most powerful bill ever to be considered in Congressional committee in terms of turning off the jobs magnet for illegal immigration and protecting jobs for American workers. It is a beautiful pro-American-worker piece of legislation as is. Please pass it in the Judiciary Committee.

What we need are hundreds of calls to each Member of the committee to make sure they know that lots of their constituents are watching and that this bill is really, really important to them. Don't assume that any of them are immune to trying to make changes in the bill that will endanger its eventual passage into law or seriously weaken it.

You know how incredibly hard it is to approve enforcements. It took four years of trying before you finally succeeded this year. And business groups still prevented you from extending E-Verify to the private sector. Let's take care of most of it in one swoop with this federal bill.

This is correctly sanctioned by the Tea PARTY membership, to stop jobs from being stolen by unlawful migrants and immigrants. You can do your part today and end this madness for good. There are powerful forces at work, with corporate lobbyists, churches and faith groups, Unions and radical minority groups, who see a loss of cheap labor, revenues generated and the use of these illegal individuals to steal elections through fraudulent means. There is much more to learn of how hard-liner liberals Democrats and Republican elitists politicians who are only interested in their own agenda and not the rights of the American people’s sovereignty.

They have undermined the US Constitution, through activist judges interpreting the law from the bench and forcing upon us the unpalatable taste of “Political Correctness.” They have even eroded individual states rights, instead of following the laws set down by corrupt legislators. The Tea Party leadership will return each states alienable right, including the rights of each state to govern who crosses the state border line. The Tea Party will enact laws so no more mass immigration amnesties; No more Sanctuary policies, no Dream acts and nothing that encourages foreign nations to storm our nation’s borders or arrive from other countries.


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