Romney Pens New Bill to Help End Employment of Illegal Immigrants, Make E-Verify System Permanent

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 21: Former Massachusetts Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney addresses a forum of the Foreign Policy Initiative at the W Hotel September 21, 2009 in Washington, DC. Romney said the Obama Administration's foreign policy has alienated allies like Poland and encouraged autocrats like Vladamir Putin in Russia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) penned a new piece of legislation that would make the E-Verify system a permanent tool to help reduce illegal immigration in the United States.

As IJR previously explained, E-Verify is an electronic verification system operated by the federal government that allows employers to check the legal status of the employees they hire. All the employers need to do is submit the employee’s full name, date of birth, and Social Security number into the system to be confirmed.

This ensures that any employee hired by a company has the proper legal status to be working in the United States. Currently, E-Verify is not required by the federal government, though two states — Mississippi and Arizona — do require that employees are E-Verified. All federal employees are required to be E-Verified.

While it seems like Republicans — who have been fighting Democrats to end illegal immigration — would be in sync on E-Verify, that hasn’t been the case as some Republicans see E-Verify as another burdensome regulation on employers.

Others argue that the E-Verify system doesn’t go far enough because illegal immigrants with properly forged documents wouldn’t be flagged because the information would pass a cross-reference.

Republicans will need to continue to battle this out, but Romney’s plan is even simpler than that. The goal of Romney’s Permanent E-Verify Act is to protect the E-Verify system as a whole.

As it stands today, the E-Verify system could be terminated at the whim of Congress because it requires continued renewal to keep the system in operation.

Romney’s bill would make E-Verify a permanent fixture in the federal government to ensure that employers always have a way to verify their employee’s status in the United States, should they chose to do so — which 14% of private companies already do.

In a statement, Romney called his bill a “first step” in combating the employment incentive for illegal immigration into the United States.

“Last month, a record number of 144,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the southern border, marking the highest monthly amount in more than thirteen years. Congress needs to act now to address our illegal immigration crisis by closing legal loopholes and removing the magnets—like illegal employment—that drive illegal immigration. My home state of Utah has already taken a step to reduce illegal employment by requiring employers to use E-Verify. I urge my colleagues to take action on this important legislation to make E-Verify permanent, and continue working on long term fixes to secure our border, update our asylum and trafficking laws, and institute mandatory E-Verify nationwide.”

The E-Verify system is set to expire on September 30, 2019, if Congress does not renew or pass Romney’s bill in the meantime.

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Ina
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Ina

Sounds good if employer well do it if that don’t fine them.

Nell
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Nell

E-verify should be made mandatory.

Karen Hurd
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Karen Hurd

He could just support the wall instead of opposing Trump at every turn. As a Utahn, that DID NOT vote for him, it’s embarrassing and he is pointless. He is trying to stay relevant. He duped Utah and now he dupes the nation. Don’t speak for me!!! Just support our President!!!!! Always poking the bear!!!! Utahns that voted for him are ignorant or trying to ride his coat tails…at the cost of our state and country. BUILD THE WALL!!!!!!

Kim
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This isn’t the type of regulation that Republicans should be opposed to. This should be required by every business in the US but I would like to see them work on the issue of fake numbers that would pass e-verify without issue. If the numbers were issued to someone now deceased, then we have to work on a solution that would take those numbers out of the system or flag it somehow. Frankly, it doesn’t sound that difficult considering the amount of red tape our loved ones go through when someone dies. Surely, one of the half dozen agencies or… Read more »

JerseyMick
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JerseyMick

Finally trying to stop Trump properties hiring practices.

Screwtape
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Depriving criminal invaders of employment is good. Depriving them of any and all benefits and entitlements, including children they have here, is better.

Screwtape
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I’ve always advocated making e-Verify a tool against illegal immigration and giving it YUGE, business-destroying teeth through fines AND criminal prosecution.

Welcome to the party Mitt. I wonder what surprise you and your Leftie masters might try to Trojan-horse into the bill.

Sherri
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I don’t like RINO Romney one little bit, however I agree with E-Verify. Now, what else is hidden in his bill would be the bigger question. I do not trust him to not try and stick it to Trump.

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