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E-Verify Not Extended

March 10th, 2009 by Kevin

The amendment for E-Verify did not pass, as Senator Leahy made a motion to table the amendment and that motion passed 50 – 47.  All Republicans voted against tabling the motion and so did seven Democrats, including Senator Klobuchar of Minnesota.  As a result E-Verify will only be extended for six months.

E-Verify is one of the best tools we have for fighting illegal immigration.  It allows employers to quickly, easily and accurately determine the legal status of potential employees.  Thus it helps remove the jobs magnet that draws many illegal immigrants to this country.  And in this period of economic down turn and people losing their jobs, it also ensures that what job openings there are go to Americans and those legally permitted to work here.

There are reasons to keep a positive frame of mind however.  None of the debate was on the faults of E-Verify or anything of that nature.  In fact most of the debate did not involve any criticism of E-Verify at all, even from those that voted against it.  Most of the opponents made statements to the effect that this wasn\’t the time to extend it for five years and this wasn\’t the vehicle to do it with.

Also there is a negative that may actually be a positive.  Initially all Democrats (including Klobuchar) voted for the motion to table the amendment, and thus voted against E-Verify.  Then they huddled with Senator Reid, who once he knew how many Democrats he could control, let some of them change their votes.  More than likely he allowed those that were most in danger of angering their constituents to switch their vote.  Klobuchar is particularely surprising as she has never voted against illegal immigration.  That\’s a plus for Minnesotans that she\’s feeling that sort of pressure.  That should encourage us to lean on her in the future.

A fight to extend E-Verify will return within six months, but until then we need to keep on our Senators and let them know we haven\’t given up on this issue.

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5 Responses

  1. Delaware Bob Says:

    My two wonderful Senators, carper and kaufman voted to table it also. It’s hard to believe that the best tool we have to get rid of these ILLEGAL ALIENS would even have to be voted on.

    Don’t these democraps just make you feel warm and fuzzy all over?

  2. J. Ewing Says:

    One of the most important aspects of E-Verify is not its general discouragement of the employment of illegals, but of the fact that tough state laws have used it as the basis for much stronger sanctions on employers who knowingly hire illegals. These laws have already shown outstandingly good results, causing “self-deportation” in record numbers, according to some accounts.

  3. Jessica Says:

    E-Verify is full of errors and mistakes, I will not support a system which looks more like a Nazi S-S system !!, instead of wasting resources on the hardworking undocumented christians working in the fields and doing jobs not lazy americans will do, the congress must use that money in preventing foreclosures and bankcruptcies!!

  4. Kevin Says:

    Jessica, quite simply your wrong. But since your comment seems to be an emotional rant, I don’t quite expect rational thought and facts to be present.

    Even the Senators debating it’s merits did not mention it being full of errors and mistakes. In a debate on why they should vote against it don’t you think that would at least be mentioned?? Fact is only open borders folks like yourself use that talking point, despite lack of ANY proof to support it.

    I would hardly call enforcing our borders, one the the few constitutional duties of the federal government a waste of money.

    oh and undocumented = ILLEGAL

    I don’t care if they are christians, buddhists or muslim, they get treated just like everyone else. It’s that equality thing…remember that???

    Jobs Americans won’t do? Oh please. That old talking point has been debunked over and over and over and over.

    Go back to your feverish cesspool until you get some thoughts of your own.

  5. J. Ewing Says:

    The facts are that e-verify works. We already know where something like 90% of these illegals work, through the Social Security system– ie the fraudulent numbers most of them use to get their jobs. There is nothing wrong with enforcing the law against known criminals BEFORE they profit from their crime.

    It’s amazing how moralistic some become when we’re worried about some criminal who just happens to have committed the crime of crossing the border illegally (and identity theft and fraud and conspiracy), but are completely OK, morally,with the innocent American out of work because of it.