CAPS Releases Ads in Support of Jobs for American Workers

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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January 27, 2017

Trump Has Opportunity to Move Quickly on E-Verify

CAPS urges immediate E-Verify legislation.

Many of President Donald Trump’s immigration headaches would vanish with mandatory E-Verify. When campaigning, Trump frequently referenced E-Verify’s advantages. And E-Verify fits hand in glove with Trump’s repeated promises to get more Americans working.

During Trump’s 10-point immigration speech in August 2016, he said, “We will turn off the jobs and benefits magnet. We will ensure that E-Verify is used to the fullest extent possible under existing law, and we will work with Congress to strengthen and expand its use across the country.”

Yet during Trump’s first few days in office, E-Verify has hardly been mentioned. When Press Secretary Sean Spicer met with reporters on Monday, E-Verify never came up for discussion.

Trump has no excuses for lollygagging on E-Verify. Americans overwhelmingly support E-Verify, the online, free U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services program which ensures that new hires are either citizens or legal, work-authorized immigrants. Participating employers enter information from an I-9 form – the paper-based system currently used for verifying workplace eligibility – into E-Verify, which then checks the information against Social Security Administration records and Department of Homeland Security records.

Now that he’s president, Trump should immediately urge Congress to pass mandatory, nationwide E-Verify. Delay encourages more illegal immigration because of, as Trump put it, “the jobs and benefits magnet.”

CAPS has created a series of three Facebook ads to underline E-Verify’s importance in protecting manufacturing and farming jobs, as well as the program’s role in keeping working class Americans employed and earning a decent wage to support their families.

Call 844-284-9821 to tell Congress to pass mandatory E-Verify, the program that checks new employees’ immigration status. If Trump is serious about hiring Americans, as he’s repeatedly insisted that he is, he’ll push hard for E-Verify.

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