This week the Economic Stimulus bill (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) will be hotly debated on the Senate floor. When the House considered the bill, an amendment was included in the legislation that would require employers who hire workers using funds made available through the stimulus package to use the flawed federal E-Verify program. When the Senate debates the legislation this week, an amendment may be offered to include the same provision, mandating the use of E-verify.
The inclusion of the E-verify amendment would:
- Create new burdens for businesses, especially small businesses, at a time when these businesses need help to ease the already heavy burden of the economic crisis.
- Harm workers who are falsely denied work or are targeted by employers abusing the E-verify program;
- Send the wrong message to new voters (who turned out in record numbers in November) that Congress prefers to pass symbolic and ineffective immigration “enforcement” measures over serious and effective economic stimulus or serious immigration reform.
We must send a message to Congress that we will not stand for measures that harm workers or expand the immigration “enforcement-only” policies of the previous administration.
CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON E-VERIFY OR ANY MEASURE DESIGNED TO ENHANCE IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT.
During this time of crisis, we must work together. We will not allow politicians to use programs like E-verify as wedge issues or symbolic anti-immigrant measures. This is an opportunity for Congress to deliver on the promise of change and pass an economic stimulus package that works for all Americans.