According to the ACLU, Rep. Lamar Smith’s deceptively named “Keep Our Communities Safe Act” bill “would in fact lead to the detention of thousands more immigrants for years without first having a hearing before a judge.”
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) are pushing legislation that would force all employers to use the federal government’s flawed E-Verify program before hiring any workers. This may sound simple, but making E-Verify mandatory would actually jeopardize the jobs of millions of Americans, expand red tape for businesses, cost taxpayers billions, and fail to identify undocumented workers more than half the time. What’s worse, it won’t actually fix the broken immigration system.
MANDATORY E-VERIFY LEGISLATION: JUST THE FACTS
WHAT’S THEIR REAL AGENDA? MASS DEPORTATION
MANDATORY E-VERIFY IS NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME
MANDATORY E-VERIFY WOULD COST AMERICAN TAXPAYERS
MANDATORY E-VERIFY WOULD DESTROY AMERICAN AGRICULTURE
MANDATORY E-VERIFY WOULD HURT AMERICAN WORKERS
MANDATORY E-VERIFY WOULD EXPAND RED TAPE AND COSTS FOR BUSINESSES
MANDATORY E-VERIFY IS A BIG BROTHER NIGHTMARE
MANDATORY E-VERIFY WOULD OVERWHELM THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Statement of Tyler Moran, Policy Director, National Immigration Law Center: House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Hearing on the Social Security Administration’s Role in Verifying Employment Eligibility (NILC, April 2011)
COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM IS THE FAIR, AND PRACTICAL SOLUTION
Last night on the Colbert Report, my personal hero, Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize winner who recently came out — as Colbert put it — a “border gay,” told America that he’s an undocumented immigrant, not an illegal one.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is at it again, introducing new legislation that reveals his own political agenda and hypocrisy while promising to make the already broken immigration system even worse. The Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation Act, or HALT Act, would strip the Obama Administration’s ability to set immigration enforcement priorities.
David Cox was at his desk in September 2009, when his receptionist announced an unexpected visitor, a special agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE. Mr. Cox is chief executive of L. E. Cooke Company, a fourth-generation, family-owned nursery in Visalia, Calif., that grows deciduous trees and shrubs.
When I was in college, my roommate from New York City – aware that I had grown up in the farmlands of Central California – asked me a simple question: “What time of year do workers pick the raisins?” After I stopped laughing, I had to explain to the city slicker that you don’t actually pick raisins. You pick grapes, and then lay them out in the sun to make raisins.
As Congress considers legislation that would require all employers to verify their employees’ social security numbers, critics of mandatory E-Verify say the legislation is a guaranteed failure when it comes to California’s agriculture industry.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is pushing back on a Republican lawmaker’s rhetoric that he would do anything to stop illegal immigrants “short of shooting them.” Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, said “words have consequences” as he denounced the comment made recently by Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.
Victor Toro rarely passes unnoticed as he ambles down the busy streets of the south Bronx, wearing a red bandana over his white beard and ponytail. People who have seen him in the newspaper and on TV call out to him by name. After three decades as an immigrants’ rights activist in New York, feeding the poor in soup kitchens and fighting to keep kids off drugs, this native Chilean is one of them.
A federal immigration judge on Wednesday gave a gay couple two more years to build a case for why Venezuelan pet groomer Alex Benshimol should be allowed to remain in the U.S. with his partner. It’s not the final result the couple is seeking, but they said they’ll take it, especially in lieu of deportation.