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Ex-Congressmen: Mandate E-Verify to Fix Immigration System

By    |   Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:41 AM

The best way to begin to tackle the problems with the American immigration system is to mandate the E-Verify system for all employers as a vehicle for legalizing undocumented workers, said Alan Simpson and Bruce Morrison.

In an op-ed for The New York Times, the former Republican senator from Wyoming and former Democratic representative from Connecticut say that mandating the employee verification system would satisfy the Republican goal of incremental reform and also meet the Democratic priority of offering permanent legal status to undocumented immigrants who satisfy certain criteria.

"The goal of fixing our broken immigration system is further away than ever. President Obama's executive orders — which would allow up to five million of about 11 million illegal immigrants to stay in this country — have been challenged in the courts, and Republicans, a majority in the new Congress, have held up appropriations and confirmations in retaliation," the former lawmakers wrote.

"Neither side is ready to compromise. But the failure to fix our immigration laws is not an exclusively Republican or Democratic failure. Just as we created the problem together, we must solve it together. There is one way to start: Mandate E-Verify for all employers — and make it the vehicle for legalizing unauthorized workers."

They noted that, except in a few states, E-Verify is optional for most private-sector employers.

The House Judiciary Committee, however, recently passed a measure that would require every new hire in the United States to be electronically verified as being eligible to work. But even if it became law, they said, Republicans and Democrats would likely continue to be at odds about the direction to take on immigration reform.

Simpson and Morrison said, however, that the best way forward is to both mandate E-Verify and simultaneously implement a process for gradually legalizing immigrants on a case-by-case basis, so that law-abiding unauthorized immigrants who are already working would be able to "come out of the shadows."

"If people working in the shadows come forward to an employer using E-Verify because they know they will clear a criminal-background check, and begin paying taxes honestly, in their own names, legalizing them and their families — one at a time, in a steady, manageable flow — is the right thing to do," they wrote.

"It's certainly a price well worth paying to stop future illegal immigration cold, through tough eligibility screening and border enforcement."

They concluded by saying: "We know from experience that the key to legislation is not to solve every problem in advance, but to get the ball rolling. Making E-Verify the vehicle for legalization is the best way to get started."

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