CALIFORNIA TO BAN E-VERIFY MAKING ILLEGAL TO CHECK CITIZENSHIP STATUS OF WORKERS
Conservatives, Tea Party pan Republican-sponsored E-verify bill
By Mike Lillis - 09/17/11 02:05 PM ET
A growing chorus of conservatives is hammering a Republican proposal requiring businesses to verify the legal status of the workers they hire.
The conservative critics – including Republican lawmakers, Tea Party groups and border-state governors – are airing a long string of complaints: From fears the bill will erode civil liberties; to worries it will harm the agriculture industry; to concerns that it simply won't work.
At a Thursday markup of the House bill, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) said the proposal would "devastate" agriculture in his state.
"The bill before us does not recognize the demonstrated need for temporary foreign workers in agriculture. Now, that might not be politically correct to say, but it happens to be a fact," Lofgren said. "I know we are only one state, but we are the largest agricultural state in the Union.
"If we do not recognize the demonstrated need for foreign workers – and I am talking about temporary foreign workers in our agricultural fields – we are kidding ourselves," he added. "Anybody who suggests that we can do it with American workers, with all due respect, does not understand agriculture in America today."
Tea Party groups are also panning the proposal. On Thursday, a number of those organizations – including the the Republican Liberty Caucus, the Liberty Coalition and the Kitchen Table Patriots – wrote to every member of Congress warning that the bill "poses a threat to both the Constitution and every law-abiding citizen of this country."
The groups said the bill jeopardizes small businesses with expensive new paperwork burdens, violates individuals' rights to work and establishes "a de facto national I.D. system – even for citizens."
"The dangerous and intrusive precedent set by the bill opens the floodgate of additional incursive and contentious employment verification hurdles. Mission creep is the signature of all bureaucracies," the groups wrote.
"After enactment of the Legal Workforce Act, employers could soon be required to verify whether employees are delinquent in the payment of federal, state, or local taxes, in compliance with child support or alimony decrees, on a terrorist watch list, or convicted or even accused of crime."
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a leading contender for the GOP presidential nomination, has also attacked E-verify, saying last year that it “would not make a hill of beans’ difference in what’s happening today."
LINK? I couldn't care less what these trying to get elected officials say. I want our laws and borders enforced to the maximum. Or I want all these big talkers to step forward and legislatively open the borders completely. Anything in between is fogging campaign speak.