FAIR Challenges GOP Candidates on E-Verify

Last night a question I contributed on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform was posed to the candidates as part of the FOX/Google Republican debate in Orlando, Florida:

“Struggling U.S. workers continue to compete with millions of illegal aliens. Do you support legislation to require all employers to use E-Verify in order to ensure that the people they hire are legally authorized to work in the U.S.? And, will you impose penalties against employers who continue to hire illegal workers?”

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich used the opportunity to once again suggest we should outsource federal immigration enforcement and identification to “American Express, MasterCard or Visa,” rather than address the prospective positive impact E-Verify could have for American workers – or even clearly state whether he supported or opposed the program.

Political answers and “buzz” phrases are too often accepted during primary debate season. With more than 9 percent of American workers out of work, and millions more relegated to part-time employment, candidates should be held accountable for dancing around serious job creation issues.

It has been illegal to hire illegal aliens since 1986. Still, more than 7 million illegal aliens currently occupy jobs that rightfully belong to Americans and legal workers. The nationwide implementation of an employment verification system, along with penalties for businesses hiring illegal aliens, is critical to opening up jobs for Americans and finally ending the incentive for illegal aliens to come to the U.S.

Every presidential candidate, regardless of party affiliation, needs to acknowledge the impact of illegal immigration on American workers and enunciate clearly his or her position on E-Verify as an important tool for encouraging companies to hire and fairly compensate legal workers, while deterring illegal immigration.

FAIR will not stop asking Republicans and Democrats what they will do to stop illegal aliens from taking U.S. jobs.

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  1. avatar
    Roy E. Killgore on

    E Verify Means the federal government will determine who has the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness and not the Creator so eloquently enunciated in the Declaration of Independence. Illegal aliens in the workplace and illegal aliens receiving public benefits is the result of a failed immigration law that does not provide for an adequate labor supply for American busniess. There is a labor vacuum and an antiquated system that doesn’t work.

    Why do we have so many illegal aliens here? If there are 7 million working, whatare the other 5 million doing? Before there was the welfare state and unemployment benefits, we didn’t have an illegal alien problem. We also had a higher birthrate. A low birthrate, abortion, welfare, and unemployment benefits are all middle-late 2oth century changes. Think about it!

    There are millions of Americans on welfare and unemployment that are not willing to do much of the work that a failed immigration policy illegal alien is now performing. American workers displaced by illegal aliens is the result of the lack of labor laws to protect American workers from unlawful discharge, subversion of local wage and benefit standards, and subversion of unions, and other unscrupulous practices.

    All of it adds up to years of bungling congressional representation from both major parties. Why should any American have to prove a right to work when it is our inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness to seek lawful work? Don’t be deceived by an intelligencia that says American’s need to prove their right to work and don’t trust the federal government to verify your right to work. How long will it be before the government then controls the type of work that an individual is entitled to have?

    The Congress is a collossal failure and had abdicated its responsibility to provide a simple means for lawful immigration to provide an adequate supply of labor for American business. E-verify is fundamentally unsound and will place an enormous burden on U.S. employers, it will force more jobs out of the U.S., will not create one single job an American wants, will push capital out of the U.S., and is a giant step forward in creating a police state far worse than the health care take over.

    Rick Perry and Ron Paul both have it right on E-Verify, Representative Lamar Smith’s “Lawful Employment Act”. DEFEAT IT!!!! IT IS AN ASSAULT ON YOUR MOST FUNDAMENTAL LIBERTY…THE RIGHT TO WORK. We already fought for the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness over 200 years ago. Don’t let men of zeal, well intentioned but without understanding, take it away! The Republican Intelligencia has it wrong. Rick Perry and Ron Paul have it right!

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    Texas Governor Rick Perry obviously doesn’t realize that any benefits for illegal aliens, whether it’s the $100.000 tuition fee in the University of Texas or any number public assistance programs is just a tremendous draw to foreign persons, from across borders or a visitor’s visa ticket from anywhere abroad. Anything that is free is going to entice people, especially when their own country is corrupt or have no interest in gaining support from its people. What is seriously unconstitutional is giving advantages to illegal children over the rights of citizen children, who must pay full tuition as out of state students. In yesterday’s melee, this became a highlighted issue of extraordinary importance to the audience. In a partnership with YouTube and Fox News featured the Republican Presidential Primary candidates in a debate answering questions from the online community.

    Perry was confronted by boos, and hecklers who gave no-quarter to this seemingly special preference to the children of illegal aliens. Senator McCain in 2007 felt the brunt of this condemnation, for the passage of a “Path to Citizenship” and equally abhorrent his pursuance of another mass amnesty. This immediately wrecked his chance of the Presidency, as his campaign money machine ground to a halt through this irrational agenda. Make no mistake that large majorities of the Hispanic people are not going to fall in this political trap, as hundreds of thousands do not believe in pandering to the illegal immigrant onslaught. Like all Americans their jobs are in jeopardy as well, as it is for Latino’s, Blacks, Whites, Asians and others who qualify as lawful residents. The TEA PARTY doesn’t condone any type of official pardon, for those who stole into our country. Voicing her opinion, Bachmann said: “We will not have taxpayer-subsidized benefits for illegal immigrants or their children.” She pledged to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border, a shift that Perry opposes. In the latest report surveyed by (FAIR) Federation of American Immigration Reform, Texas is subsidizing illegal aliens with 4.7 billion annually in contributions from its taxpayers.

    These payments cover education, medical care and incarceration that are just one state forced by the federal courts in unfunded mandates. Fair states, “State and local taxes paid by the unauthorized immigrant population go toward offsetting these costs, but they do not come near to matching the expenses. The total of such payments can generously be estimated at slightly less than $1 billion per year.” In addition Fair acknowledged, “The fiscal costs of illegal immigration do not end with these three major cost areas. The total costs of illegal immigration to the state’s taxpayers would be considerably higher if other cost areas such as special English instruction, welfare programs used by the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens, or welfare benefits for American workers displaced by illegal alien workers were also calculated.

    All 50 states are burdened by illegal immigrant costs, but in ratio the Sanctuary State of California beats them all, with a rising entitlement program of $9 Billion. Californians should not be expected to presume this already large and growing encumber from illegal immigration simply since businesses or other special interests benefit from being able to employ lower cost workers. In all the Heritage Foundation has analyzed a cost projection of every state, with an inclusion of federal funding–but not limited to $113 Billion dollars a year. All this money taken from the American taxpayers pay check. Even more astounding is the US government allowing illegal workers, to send an average of $46 billion dollars out of the country, to foreign banks?

    Rick Perry may have cooked his own goose, for as a Governor of a state he should be protecting his citizens and legal populace. Giving out taxpayer dollars to foreigner’s children is not just a Texas issue. There is no doubt in the TEA PARTY ticket, illegal immigration is going to take center stage, next to jobs and our wilting economy. Rep. Lamar smith is correct, when he impressed on the issue of his mandatory E-Verify proposal in Congress, this an imminent in vote right now, “That the only people losing their jobs–will be illegal aliens.” Of course the usual radical voices are raised, as critics opposing this Historical Immigration Bill, H.R. 2885 are searching for any loophole to drag it down. They are using what inflammatory rhetoric or lies they can muster against the passage of E-Verify “the Legal Workforce Act.” First they contest it that legal American workers could be turned away in being hired. So that person just addresses that grievance by going to their local Social security office; illegal aliens will stay well clear of this agency. None of the media will inform their readership of this?

    Following through with this is an expensive proposition for small businesses, when it’s a simple computer generated program and cost nothing to operate. The usual suspects are behind this bombardment of hoping to terrorize the people with this verbal garbage. Adverse entities such as Tea Party Nation or Tea Party Express have limited influence on the millions of in the Tea Party members, who want to see our 1986 Immigration laws severely enforced. They also want the instant citizenship law amended, so billions of dollars are not going to parents of these babies snuck into the United States, so they can get free hospital care, free housing, free food stamps and cash payments for every child. The misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment, has given 300.000 children at an annual rate for illegal parents, free access to the American people’s welfare safety-net.

    The people who vote in 2012 have probably the hardest selection in choosing a new president. Obama’s immigration enforcement was on the right track, until he began issuing executive orders and not complying with the “Rule of Law.” After all Liberal oriented presidents think they are not subject to the US Constitution. The job of his administration is to deport–ALL–illegal aliens, not select who can stay, because they hadn’t committed a crime. The next man/women in the White House must follow the law, which has been manipulated successfully by the public servants in the Dept of Justice. They should not be intimidated by the Church, unions, business, giant agricultural corporation, farmers or the open border groups. Instead of trying to undermine financially hurting states from converging crowds of illegal immigrants, they should be enforcing the laws in the border regions, where states like Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico are in constant conflict with drug cartels and the tracks of foreigners moving Northwards in to America.

    Who amongst presidential contenders will really fit the bill, to beat Obama later next year? Businessman Herman Cain, a true partier who has a great plans and addressing the crippling Tax code, we have now and so does Bachmann? Being that illegal immigration has become an oppressive financial problem, finding the best candidate with an antidote is not for former for Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul as they have little to say about this controversial battle that is unceasing.

    We can all stand with our fellow jobless countryman by Calling House and Senate Leadership NOW Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. In winding up, Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and other states have been persecuted by Dept of Justice Eric holder and his mob. All these states need our help from years of a neglected border and the flow of–ECONOMIC–foreign nationals. Don’t take my word for the facts, as you can find the ugly truth of the illegal settlement at NumbersUSA that has been forced upon us for over thirty years. There have been 6 additional hidden small Amnesties and the clandestine importation of millions of semi-skilled workers that have arrive here every year, in competition from US workers high paying jobs. Other websites that will deliver the facts about the criminal element, with wide ranging access to the E-media is American Patrol.

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