Trump Pushing E-Verify, Would Cut off Jobs Magnet for Illegal Immigrants

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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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August 23, 2017
Mandatory E-Verify Essential to Protect American Workers 

According to the latest U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services survey, user trust in E-Verify remains high. The Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) scores 85 out of a maximum 100 points. The survey found that existing 2016 customers gave E-Verify a 91 score with new users slightly higher at 92.

The eighth annual review shows that since 2010, employers have been highly satisfied with E-Verify, has consistently scored in the 80s, and is 17 points higher than the CSI average for other federal government agencies.

Too bad Congress hasn’t gotten the message that mandatory E-Verify would mean that only Americans and or other legally present individuals could keep their jobs. Or maybe Congress understands that E-Verify is pro-American worker, but nevertheless prefers that jobs go to illegal immigrants. Americans overwhelmingly want E-Verify.
 
Earlier this year, President Trump asked Congress to set aside $15 million additional E-Verify funding as part of the FY 2018 Department of Homeland Security budget. President Trump’s goal is to make the program mandatory.
 
But President Trump needs Congress’ help. First, it must grant his modest request for $15 million in a multi-billion dollar budget. Then, Congress must pass legislation that requires employers to use mandatory E-Verify.
 
Whether Congress will pass mandatory E-Verify and support American workers, and is uncertain. In January, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced S 179, the Accountability through Electronic Verification Act, which to date has only 11 cosponsors. CAPS Action Alert on mandatory E-Verify is here. Please urge your Senators to support S 179.
 
 
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