Wicker comments on Howard Industries debacle

United States Senator Roger Wicker visited Laurel Tuesday, one day after a raid on Howard Iindustries by federal immigration officials.

Wicker was a guest at the Laurel Rotary Club meeting. He would not comment on the ongoing investigation at Howard Industries. But the senator said employers should use the "e-verify" program to validate social security numbers for potential employees.

"Employers, they need to respect the law and hire people who are here legally," said Wicker. "At the same time, the government ought to give employers the ability to do an accurate check in a quick way."

Wicker said it is important to protect the border and assure the e-verify program works properly.