Mi Pueblo Foods, a supermarket chain serving the hispanic community in California, employs approximately 3,000 people. The CEO, Juvenal Chavez, is a naturalized citizen. Homeland Security Newswire reports:
Juvenal Chavez built his Mi Pueblo supermarket chain from the ground up into twenty-one stores, revitalized San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood in San Jose. He has been hailed the king of Latino supermarket.
Now the entrepreneur has come under fire. Mi Pueblo shocked some of its 3,000 employees last month when it told them the supermarket chain has joined E-Verify, a DHS program that aims to verify the immigration status of new hires and existing employees.
Union activists accuse Chavez of betraying his own people, and are threatening a consumer boycott if he does not pull out of the program by next month.
In my opinion, Mr. Chavez is properly following federal law. Part of the application for employment for every job in the U.S. includes a DHS Form I-9. It is basically an affidavit completed by both the applicant and the employer attesting that the identification provided is legal and true and the applicant is eligible to work by federal standards. The Form I-9 must be kept in the employee’s human resources file to be available for scrutiny.
Employers who use the E-Verify program merely submit the ID provided on the Form I-9. People with legitimate Social Security Numbers and appropriate ID have nothing to fear. ~LTG