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BY: Jeffrey Cimmino
Sen. Mitt Romney (R., Utah) introduced a bill Wednesday that would make E-Verify permanent, and is a step toward making the program mandatory across the nation.
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The Permanent E-Verify Act would "make the E-Verify program permanent by removing the termination provision that has required Congress to repeatedly act to extend the program," according to a press release from the senator's office. E-Verify allows employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. It is set to expire on Sept. 30 this year if no congressional action is taken.
"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," Romney said in the press release. "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."
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E-Verify is mandatory for all federal employees and some federal contractors. Overall, about 14 percent of U.S. employers use E-Verify.
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Washington Free Beacon the bill is a "no-brainer for Congress to pass."
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"E-Verify is one of the best tools available for employers to avoid hiring illegal workers. It works well, employers who use it overwhelmingly like it, and they deserve to know that the program is...
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