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  • Let's Keep It Simple

    There are few issues more explosive in Washington than immigration. It is next to impossible to get anything positive done on the issue without being dragged into a much larger and divisive debate. That dynamic is about to kill one of the few immigration policy success stories.

    E-Verify is a system that allows employers to verify electronically whether their newly hired employees are legally authorized to work in the United States. It is a voluntary program. Through E-Verify, participating employers can check the work eligibility status of new personnel they are hiring through an online service that compares information from an employee’s I-9 form against Social Security Administration (SSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases. This service is provided free to employers (though the individual companies must bear the cost of providing the infrastructure and people to enter the data).

    An estimated 82,000 employers have enrolled in the program, and some states, such as Arizona, have passed laws requiring all employers to use E-Verify. According to DHS, the number of employers signing up to use the system is growing by about 1,000 companies per week. So far this year, E-Verify has processed over 4 million eligibility checks.

    This summer the House re-authorized E-Verify for an additional five years by a vote of 407 – 2. The bill has since stalled in the Senate thanks to an unrelated visa reform amendment added to the bill by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). America’s visa system needs reform. But there simply is no consensus to pass those reforms now.

    Unless the Senate acts, E-Verify will expire November 30 and this useful law enforcement tool will be lost.

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    3 Responses to Let's Keep It Simple

    1. Brittanicus says:

      THE FEDERAL SAVE ACT (H.R.4088) ENFORCEMENT ONLY LAW AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION! LAST CHANCE FOR AMERICA, BEFORE WE ARE OVERRUN.! WE ARE HEADING FOR OVERPOPULATION! No help from Obama or McCain?

      THE MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING UP THIS IMMIGRATION LAW. IT WILL BUILD A TWO-TIER FENCE AS ORIGINALLY FUNDED. MANDATORY ENFORCEMENT AT THE EMPLOYER LEVEL. NO MORE CHAIN MIGRATION. WE ALREADY HAVE 27 GUEST WORKER PROGRAMS, NO MORE JOBS, ILLEGAL FOREIGN NATIONALS WILL LEAVE & GO HOME. THIS IS CALLED ATTRITION! READ THIS POTENTIAL LAW at http://www.numbersusa.com/PDFs/SAVEActSBS.pdf

    2. Student, New York says:

      Mendendez's amendement to the EVerify bill simply makes the bill more comprehensive and take other matters of illegal immigration into account. If you hate immigrants so much (I'm sorry, but I'm inclined anyone that's irrationally passionate about immigration does), than you can appreciate Menendez's added amendement. Furthermore, he has no power over whether or not the bill is stalled, the Subcommittee chair does.

    3. Buzzm1, SF Bay Area says:

      VOTE NO!!! VOTE NO!!! VOTE NO!!! VOTE NO!!!

      H.R. 5882 would reach back to 1992 and "recapture" employment-based and family-based visas, potentially adding over 550,000 new green cards.

      H.R. 5924 would lift the cap on employment-based visas for nurses and physical therapists until 2011.

      H.R. 6020 would grant amnesty to illegal aliens who are family members of armed forces personnel.

      H.R.5950, details vast new immigrant detainee healthcare requirements that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would have to implement in all of its detention centers.

      VOTE NO!!! VOTE NO!!! VOTE NO!!! VOTE NO!!!

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