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Rubio tap dances: Does bill kill E-Verify, create multi-year gap?

According to someone who has actually read the immigration proposal unveiled last week on Capitol Hill, it throws out the popular E-Verify system employers have to check the status of prospective employees.

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Marco Rubio: “This law mandates a universal E-Verify system.” Or does it? Photo credit www.humanevents.com
Just like Obamacare, the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill is looking less and less palatable the more one digs into it.

Border enforcement isn’t the priority it should be according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and a former New York lieutenant governor claims it does nothing to prevent those here illegally from obtaining entitlements such as welfare, food stamps and health benefits. Now it appears we can add E-Verify to the list. The bill would apparently gut E-Verify immediately, and then substitute a replacement system years down the road according to the Daily Caller.

“There’s no doubt that the bill eliminates E-Verify immediately upon signing,” said Kris Kobach, secretary of state of Kansas, to the Caller. “If there’s no statutory authority for E-Verify, there’s no E-Verify.”

Although staffers working for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the bills most vocal proponent, deny this claim, they can point to no specific provision refuting this claim.

The Daily Caller continues:

The multi-year gap in E-Verify enforcement creates a political problem for Rubio and the other advocates of the Senate immigration bill.

The E-Verify rules are critical to Rubio and his allies as they try to pass their pending immigration revamp, partly because a large swath of the public is worried about the economic impact of immigrants, both legal and illegal.

“E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.” the Immigration and Citizenship Services website states. “E-Verify is fast, free and easy to use – and it’s the best way employers can ensure a legal workforce.”

For these reasons, E-Verify is immensely popular and even mandatory in some states.

Despite the claims of Kobach, described by the Caller as “a lawyer trained at Harvard, Oxford and Yale universities, and a prominent advocate for reduced immigration,” Rubio has touted the bill as containing “a universal E-Verify system.”

The senator’s staff continues to refute Kobach’s claims without pointing to any specific provision in the bill.

Read more at The Daily Caller.

At the 2:30 mark in Sen. Rubio’s “Constituent Mailbox” video published Friday, he touts the immigration proposal because, among other things, “it creates an e-verity system.” I would answer that we already have an e-verify system. It’s called “E-Verify.”

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