Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Latinos won’t accept mandatory E-Verify..says Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)

Latinos won’t accept mandatory E-Verify..says Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)...Gutierrez (D-Ill.) warned President Barack Obama on Tuesday that Latinos will not regard as “acceptable” a move to make the E-Verify system of checking prospective employees’ immigration status mandatory for all U.S. firms, as urged by Republicans. Gutierrez, the Chicago-born son of Puerto Rican parents, gave the warning at a telephone press conference ahead of Wednesday’s hearing of the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement about a bill to impose E-Verify nationwide. That bill is being pushed by the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Texas Republican Lamar Smith, and Immigration Subcommittee Chair Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.). E-Verify, in force since 1997, has been harshly criticized by unions and pro-immigrant groups that say it criminalizes immigrants and is ineffective. If the measure is passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, it will depend on the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority, for Smith’s controversial bill to be approved. “The danger exists” that the most conservative Democratic senators will support the measure, Gutierrez acknowledged Tuesday, urging Obama to promise he will veto the bill, if necessary.

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