IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ON THE LINE
The Cost Of Illegal Immigration Escalating
Its the time of the year when our government checks out of the office for a three-week vacation! Adjourned until September, they are taking their health care agendas, pro or con, back home to constituents. However, the one thing they refuse to discuss, or take action on, is Immigration Enforcement! A subject right up there with health care reform.
I will however give them credit; they are now calling it Reform instead of Amnesty. Although, I have heard nasty rumors that some are still trying to push Amnesty through on the sly as an amendment to other bills. Bills, which lack reference to the illegal immigration problem. WOW, are we surprised by this?
Before the Senates conclusion for its summer break, some members of Congress put forth a few impressive amendments for immigration enforcement. Here is a brief summary:
1. E-Verify Amendment #1371-Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
If passed, the amendment will make E-Verify a permanent tool. E-Verify is presently operational but is set to expire on September 30, 2009.
This amendment will prevent those supporting mass amnesty from using it as justification to pass an amnesty bill in support of roughly 12 million illegal aliens. It will also assure that all good-faith employers, including the federal government, will have access to this tool. E-Verify will be used to verify legal status for existing employees and future new hires. Especially those associated with all federal government contracts.
The Social/Economical Cost of Immigration
2. Border Fence Amendment #1399-Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)
This amendment directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to finish almost 700 miles of doubled reinforced fencing along our southwestern border by the end of 2010. Congress spelled this out in the “Secure Fence Act of 2006”. To date DHS has completed only 32 miles of fence. Its completion is expected to prevent continual border crossings by foot and motor vehicle.
3. No Match Amendment #1375-Senator David Vitter (R-LA)
Homeland Security’s funding for FY 2010 is forbidden to use money to rescind a DHS final decree pertaining to employees whose names, do not match their Social Security number. When this occurs, employers are directed to take action since most unmatched SSN’s are illegal aliens. The amendment will free jobs held by illegal aliens and provide immigration enforcement the tools they need to address the no match problem.
4. E-Verify Amendment #1415-Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)
This provides employers enrolled in E-Verify an option to use the program to check the work authorization status of existing employees and new hires. Right now E-Verify is only used for verifying new hires. With unemployment at a 25 year high, this amendment will act as a stimulus plan for unemployed Americans. When an employer comes across an illegal alien on his or her payroll, that employer can free up the job for an American worker.
The change in our Senate’s view on Immigration is good news. In my opinion, Enforcement is a much better choice of words and deed then Amnesty---especially, for those who believe that our Immigration Laws should not be violated.
WE CANNOT BECOME A COUNTRY OF SELECTIVE JUSTICE!
Amnesty is a big billboard, a flashing billboard, to the rest of the world that we don't really mean our immigration law. ~~Richard Lamm