Great news! E-verify cleared the house committee!!! I need your help in lobbying the Senate in passing e-verify as well, I will be in meetings with legal counsels and chiefs of staff of several senators tomorrow.
Posted on | September 21, 2011 | 1 Comment
E-Verify Bill Moves Out of Congressional Committee
Proposed legislation that would require employers across the country to use the electronic employment-verification program known as E-Verify passed out of a congressional House committee today.
The bill, HR 2885, also called the Legal Workforce Act, would require that almost every business in the country adopt the program within two years of the bill’s final passage. It moved out of the House Judiciary Committee on a 22-13 vote.
“The Legal Workforce Act could open up millions of jobs for unemployed Americans by requiring employers to use E-Verify,” said bill sponsor Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, in a statement. “Today it takes an unemployed American nine months to find a job. With E-Verify, we can open up a new job in one to two minutes.” The bill would eliminate the use of the I-9 form, which is currently used to collect employment-eligibility data from potential hires.
The bill would phase in mandatory use for most businesses depending on the size of their staff. Within six months of enactment, businesses with more than 10,000 employees would be required to adopt the program, while businesses that employ 500 to 9,999 would have a year to comply. After 18 months, businesses with 20 to 499 employees would be required to enroll; all others would have two years. Employees who perform agricultural services would only be subject to an E-Verify check within three years.
Critics of the system charge that E-Verify is riddled with errors, and sometimes flags potential legal hires as unauthorized. State lawmakers said those criticisms were the main reason more than a dozen E-Verify-related bills failed to pass the Texas Legislature during the recently concluded regular and special sessions. But in a statement, Smith contends that the system quickly confirms 99.5 percent of eligible employees. The bill also contains a “safe harbor” provision that protects employers from punishment if they use the system and receive incorrect confirmation on an employee.
But the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning Washington-based think tank, cites in a recent report that E-Verify only flags ineligible potential employees 46 percent of the time. It also estimates that between 1.2 million and 3.5 million eligible workers will be forced to fix incorrect information with the Social Security Administration to gain employment, and that the agency will spend more than $280 million to run mandatory E-Verify over a five-year period. It also estimates that had the system been implemented in 2010, it would have cost small businesses more than $2.5 billion to comply with the rule.
The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.
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Subj: Breaking! Mandatory E-Verify Clears House Judiciary Committee!!
Congratulations, America! This is the first step to passing a great bill that will eliminate millions of jobs for illegal aliens. Huge defeat for La Raza and the open borders lobby.
The Judiciary Committee just voted 22-13 approving the mandatory E-Verify bill. Lots of work still to be done to push this bill for a vote, but savor this first big victory.
Here’s the latest on HR 2885 from Numbers USA!
FYI, Rep. Darrell Issa signed on this week as a major co-sponsor to mandatory nationwide E-Verify. Support for this bill continues to grow nationwide.
San Diego Border & Immigration Intel
Here is an article, showing which Democrats switched sides and voted vor e-verify in 2009. Please, contact all Republican senators and Democrats, who are still in the Senate and voted for e-verify before, in 2009
E-VERIFY VICTORY — 8 Senators Switch Sides Since March Defeat
In March, the Sessions E-Verify amendment was killed by tabling in a 50-47 vote.
But this morning, the tabling motion failed 44-53. (The amendment then passed on voice vote.)
12 Democrats and 1 Independent defied Party leadership and voted with all 40 Republicans to:
- permanently authorize E-Verify, so the pro-amnesty forces can’t constantly threaten to kill it if they don’t get their way
- require all federal contractors to use E-Verify so returning veterans and other unemployed Americans will get jobs created with federal tax money.
8 SENATORS WHO SWITCHED TO THE GOOD SIDE TODAY
E-Verify won today because these Senators — who voted to kill the E-Verify mandate in March — switched today and voted for using E-Verify to keep illegal aliens out of federal contractor jobs.
- Kent Conrad (D-N.D.)
- Bryon Dorgan (D-N.D.)
- Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)
- Mary Landrieu (D-La.)
- Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)
- Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.)
- Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)
- John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)
All of you who live in those states — especially North Dakota and Arkansas — take a bow. Thanks for all you have done to help these Senators see the error of their March vote.
5 OTHER DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED TO HIRE AMERICANS
We have to give special thanks to the Democrats who stood with us and unemployed Americans today, because they had to defy their Party leadership to do it.
These Democrats voted for mandating E-Verify both today and back in March:
- Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
- Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
- Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
- Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)
- John Tester (D-Mont.)
If 10 of these 13 Senators continue to put American workers first in their voting, they spell absolute doom for plans to legalize 12-20 million illegal aliens with an amnesty.
If you live in their states, do all you can to express your appreciation for what they did today — and encourage them to stop all government policies that import foreign workers while 15 million Americans are officially unemployed.
TWO SENATORS WHO WERE BACKSLIDERS TODAY
- Evan Bayh (D-Ind.)
- Jim Webb (D-Va.)
Sen. Webb and Sen. Bayh were 2 of the 7 Democrats who voted for E-Verify back in March. Why did they turn against it today and vote to table it?
Webb is known as a maverick. Bayh makes a big deal about how he doesn’t toe the Party line. Are they being lap dogs for the Democratic leadership on E-Verify? Or is there some business group that is calling the shots for each of them? Why are these two siding with the 8 million illegal aliens who currently hold jobs? What changed?
There was one more backslider today:
- Arlen Specter (D-Pa.)
In March, Specter was a Republican and voted with the rest of the Republicans in favor of E-Verify. Today as a Democrat, he voted with the Democratic leadership against E-Verify.
DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP SEEMS DEAD-SET ON FAVORING ILLEGAL WORKERS
Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is the Democrats’ leader who is expected to introduce his “comprehensive immigration reform” amnesty legislation later this year. Amazingly, he tried to get all Democrats today to vote against the E-Verify mandate because he said E-Verify isn’t TOUGH enough. Can you believe it?
Schumer widely takes credit for getting the first mass amnesty passed in 1986. He has worked with Sen. Kennedy (D-Mass.) ever since to ensure that immigration laws aren’t enforced. Now he says that we shouldn’t require E-Verify because it isn’t tough enough? What he wants is a national bio-metric ID card. Of course, it would be several years before that would be ready to put into use, allowing scoundrel businesses several more years of easily hiring their illegal work force.
Everything Schumer does seems to be about delays to give time so that all illegal aliens will be legal residents so that when a national ID card went into effect it would be too late to open up jobs for Americans.
Well, a 9.5% unemployment rate and stories of returning National Guardsmen who can’t find jobs — plus constant pressure from home-state voters — has finally produced a victory for mandating government contractors to use E-Verify to keep from hiring illegal aliens.
A dozen Democrats today indicated they aren’t going to be part of Schumer’s stalling tactics.
Now, we have to stop House Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) from killing this E-Verify amendment behind closed doors in the House/Senate negotiating session. If we do, hundreds of thousands of additional Americans will get jobs over the next year and stay off the unemployment rolls.
GIVING REPUBLICANS THEIR DUE CREDIT
I do not for a minute take for granted the unanimous Republican support for American workers against the wishes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In past years, we might easily lose a dozen and even a majority of the Republicans to the wishes of the Big Business lobbyists.
That was a bold and courageous thing the Republicans did today. I know that many of them didn’t want to do it but felt compelled by voter pressure.
I am especially thankful for strong leadership from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who made it clear that he wanted his Party to stand against the anti-American-worker efforts of Sen. Schumer. This is a strong position to be in, because I am quite certain that the majority of all business owners and managers in America stand with the American people against the hiring of illegal foreign workers.
Sen. Sessions’ mandatory E-Verify bill is as good for honest, patriotic businesses as it is for U.S. workers.
ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA
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