By Javier ManjarresThere has been substantial progress in both the House and Senate this week relating to the enactment of a federal E-Verify law that would require all employers to utilize the system to verify a job applicant’s citizenship status. House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith introduced a national E-Verify bill yesterday, and now Senator Charles Grassley along with Senator Marco Rubio are co-sponsoring the Achieving Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act.
This bill would permanently reauthorize the E-Verify electronic employment verification system and make the utilization of this system mandatory for all employers. This bill co-sponsored by Rubio is in keeping with his campaign promise to take the necessary steps to fix our broken national immigration system. Rubio has long been a proponent of a ‘legal’ immigration system and is opposed to any forms of amnesty.
Senator Rubio released the following comment on the bill:
“I know firsthand the great things that immigration has meant for America. Immigration is woven into the fabric of our nation and is a critical part of our future. But we can’t be the only nation in the world that does not enforce its immigration laws. Consistently, I have stated that a modernization of the legal immigration system is impossible unless we must first secure the border and implement an E-Verify system that will help prevent the hiring and exploitation of undocumented workers. That’s why I support Senator Charles Grassley’s bill to make E-Verify permanent.”