Thursday, June 16, 2011

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Home Builders, and the National Restaurant Association Endorse E-Verify Bill

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Home Builders, and the National Restaurant Association Endorse E-Verify Bill...The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued a press release on Tuesday endorsing the Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2164) introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith, which would require all businesses in the country to begin using E-Verify within three years of enactment. The National Association of Home Builders and National Restaurant Association offered their endorsement of the bill during a hearing held by the House Immigration Subcommittee earlier today. (complete turn around by three organizations that have done more than any other business group to thwart the American people’s efforts at combating ILLEGAL immigration...WHAT ARE THEY UP TO????)

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  1. This explains why U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Home Builders and the National Restaurant Association ENDORSE this E-Verify bill (the good news is REALLY bad news)

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced a bill (HR 2164) to require nationwide use of the E-Verify system, which checks a job applicant's citizenship and immigration status, via the Internet, to see if he or she is eligible to work.

    While the Smith bill sounds good, in fact, it hobbles immigration enforcement. Negotiated with the pro-amnesty US Chamber of Commerce, the bill would establish a fairly toothless E-Verify requirement while defanging the only government bodies that are serious about enforcing immigration law -- the states.

    The Smith bill threatens to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The Arizona law -- along with every other state law on the subject -- would be preempted under the bill.

    There are other problems with Smith's bill, showing why the chamber was so willing to strike this deal. Notably, it grandfathers in almost all illegal aliens who are already employed here and stay in the same job. They won't be checked through E-Verify. Thus, the bill will help keep the current population of illegal aliens working, so that they are still here if a future amnesty (which the chamber supports) occurs.

    Even worse, the bill would effectively allow agricultural workers to skip E-Verify. All an employer has to do is assert that the alien worked for him at some point in the past. This loophole alone would likely allow millions of illegal aliens to continue working here.

    In sum, the bill is a bad bargain for any American who thinks our immigration laws should be enforced -- selling out the states for little in return. The chamber knew exactly what it wanted.

    If Smith's bill passes, it will be 1986 all over again.

    Kris W. Kobach, the Kansas secre tary of state, co-authored the Ari zona and Alabama illegal-immigra tion laws.