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Smith to Bring Up E-Verify After August Recess

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) is pushing legislation to mandate all employers use E-Verify. He's probably got the votes in the House, but the big battle will be in the Senate.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    They will be tied up with the budget in the Senate.
  2. Jack's Avatar
    This is an opportunity for Republicans to show that Obama (again) said there are limits to his power under the Constitution and thus he cannot and will not do x...and then he does x! A different breed of Constitution violator than Bush:

    "Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own," Obama told members of a National Council of La Raza conference who shouted back, "Yes, you can! Yes, you can!"

    "That's not how our democracy functions," Obama responded. "That's not how our Constitution is written."

    Also:

    "Well, the truth of the matter is that we have exercised as much administrative discretion as we can."

    So, again, he went ahead and did what he previously said was impermissible under the Constitution...

    Republicans in Congress may think that since King Obama has declared Sanctuary Nation, we'll pass E-Verify to deter illegal immigration (since he is impeding the removal system). If signed into law, it would be interesting to see how the administration would try to keep the verification system from working as intended. Maybe issue work permits to those rejected by E-Verify who meet any of the 27 executive overrides of the deportable alien status legislated by Congress? Our de facto law (what legislature?) is now "no person shall be be deported by virtue of illegal presence alone" (the dream of every open border radical) and we even announced it to the entire world just to make sure they know Congress' written law is no longer controlling--the Obama administration is. There's no "discretion": This is a mandatory policy. We still have an enforced border but once past it, sanctuary awaits. The message sent is don't be a chump and play by Congress' rules: The legal immigration system is for suckers.


  3. US Visa Extension's Avatar
    In response to farmers' concerns, Representative Dan Lundgren, a Republican from California, is drafting an amendment to create a special foreign guest worker designation, the news source reports. Immigrants granted this designation could work agriculture sector jobs in the U.S. for 10 months out of the year, provided farm employers advertise the positions to U.S. residents as well. The amendment also stipulates farmers pay a government-determined wage and provide free housing and transportation to foreign guest workers.
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