Big Government: Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) is reportedly willing to support E-Verify in exchange for permanent amnesty for so-called Dreamers.
“I’m ready to do E-Verify,” Gutierrez told Roll Call for the publication’s Monday feature story on the issue.
The Senate’s Secure and Succeed Act, which is being backed by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), David Perdue (R-GA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and James Lankford (R-OK), would implement the White House’s immigration framework that would give amnesty to nearly two million so-called Dreamers while mandating E-Verify.
Thomas Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told Roll Call that businesses that routinely hire illegal immigrants without consequences have been a major “pull” factor for illegal immigration.
Corporate interests–and the politicians on both sides of the aisle who are backed by the big-business lobby–have long opposed mandatory E-Verify, arguing they would lose access to cheap labor.
“Nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. Meanwhile, 7 million people are working in the United States illegally,” Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), who is considered one of Congress’s foremost experts on the issue and has introduced multiple bills that would would make E-Verify mandatory, reportedly told the outlet. “By expanding the E-Verify system to all U.S. employers, this bill will ensure that jobs only go to legal workers.” read more