A bill to make the electronic employment verification system E-Verify mandatory for all employers is poised to be used for purposes well beyond immigration, warn experts, conservative, liberal and libertarian alike. The concern is based on not just what is in the bill but what is left out. Continue »
In "honor" of this nonsense, and in honor of it being Friday, we at America's Voice have pulled together a few fun clips that remind us of the echo chamber around these GOP legislators. We all know the economy is a problem, but these representatives would rather cast... Continue »
Rep. Lamar Smith is desperate to pass E-Verify. In a recent op-ed, Smith claimed E-Verify will help minorities. But, it won't. And, Smith's 6% civil rights score from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights doesn't give him much credibility on this issue. Continue »
Since the demise of the DREAM Act, immigration as a hot-button issue has simmered quietly in the Beltway background. Not anymore. Today, the House Judiciary Committee is holding a markup hearing on the Legal Workforce Act, a bill designed to make the use of E-Verify mandatory for all employers... Continue »
A House Republican bill that would require businesses to screen for undocumented immigrants is facing a growing bloc of opposition -- even from within the GOP. At a Thursday markup of the bill, which would mandate the use of an electronic screening system called E-Verify, one member worried aloud... Continue »
In the House Judiciary Committee this morning, Rep. Lamar Smith and his Republican chums delivered opening statements in support of mandatory E-Verify at a mark-up for that virulently anti-worker/anti-immigrant pieces of legislation, which is sponsored by Rep. Smith. Even though E-Verify would impact all American workers (even U.S. born... Continue »
After months on the back burner, the immigration issue returns to the political forefront Thursday when House Republicans take the first steps to require all businesses to verify their employees' work status electronically. Continue »
E-Verify, the top priority of Rep. Lamar Smith and the House Republican Caucus, would cause the loss of 800,000 American jobs and burden small businesses. That's bad enough. But, there's another problem: E-Verify doesn�t work. The system fails over half the time. Continue »
Despite all the problems with E-Verify, Rep. Lamar Smith is charging forward with his mandatory bill -- and adding a cheap guest worker plan to the mix in a blatant attempt to buy off the industry. Instead of putting American workers first, Smith's plan promotes a race to the... Continue »