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Cotton, Boozman Support Mandatory E-Verify System

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By    |   Friday, 11 January 2019 03:44 PM

Arkansas’ Republican senators, Tom Cotton and John Boozman, are backing a mandatory electronic employment verification system they say would slow the flood of illegal immigration.

The two made their comments on Thursday in interviews with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

The system, called E-Verify is run by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Social Security Administration. Right now, its use is optional in most states, the newspaper said. However, it is mandatory for federal contractors and vendors.

According to its website, it “is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work.”

Cotton said: "It's very effective in stopping illegal immigration. If we had a nationwide mandatory E-Verify, the word would get out pretty quickly to those countries whose citizens right now are streaming across our border.”

And Boozman added: “A simple system like E-Verify with minimal hassle for the employer would be, I think, an excellent step forward."

But mandatory use of the system is opposed by some.

 The "Farm Bureau opposes any mandate on employers to use E-Verify until an acceptable agriculture worker program is in place that provides for future flow of guest workers and allows work authorization for workers not currently authorized," said Matt King of the Arkansas Farm Bureau. "A Farm Bureau-commissioned study shows enforcement-only immigration reform, including mandatory E-Verify, would cause production to drop by $60 billion and food prices to rise 5 percent.”

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