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|Nation's small businesses & electrical unions endorse SAVE Act mandatory verification for hires|
DEAR SUPPORTERS OF 'ATTRITION
THROUGH ENFORCEMENT & SELF DEPORTATION' OF ILLEGAL ALIENS,
Rep. Heath Shuler's SAVE Act (H.R. 4088) got a gigantic boost today toward being the next major improvement in enforcement against illegal immigration.
SMALL BUSINESSES EMBARRASS BIG BUSINESS BY SHOWING WILLINESS TO PUT AN END TO HIRING ILLEGAL ALIENS
The NFIB endorsement blows a hole a mile wide in the overall business lobbies' 11-year battle to continue hiring illegal aliens.
Many of our champions, such as Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), began trying to mandate workplace verification to deny jobs to illegal aliens back in 1996.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups expended giant sums of money in 1996 and every year since to prevent mandatory verification of whether each new hire had the right to work in the U.S.
NumbersUSA has always considered mandatory verification the No. 1 most important action needed to dramatically reduce the illegal alien population. Unless you dry up the job magnet, foreign nationals will flood this country by hook, crook or cheating on their tourist, student, worker visa book.
We all have known that the real reason for the big business lobbies' anti-verification efforts was to preserve the ability to continue to hire the officially estimated 7 million illegal workers in the country. But they have always made their argument on the basis of mandatory verification being too much work for businesses, particularly small businesses, to do.
The NFIB, which is the nation's premier organization representing small businesses, has been on the sideline, not lobbying on the issue. Thus, the big business lobbies' voices have carried the day since 1996, always keeping the ability to hire illegal aliens.
But with today's endorsement, the National Federation of Independent Business puts to rest the excuse and the myth that using the E-Verify system would be bad for small businesses.
This is a position that came from the grassroots up. The NFIB asked its small-business members and found that they overwhelmingly are patriotic members of our communities and favor mandatory verification.
Those business owners also want to stop the unfair competition from outlaw businesses that undercut them by hiring illegal aliens.
“NFIB members believe that in order for an immigration reform effort to be successful, the requirements and enforcement provisions must be workable, efficient and fair for small businesses,” Dan Danner, NFIB’s executive vice president said.
“As Congress debates this issue, it’s important that they take into account how any legislation will affect small-business owners and the economy. A thoughtful and deliberate process is the best path for lawmakers as they consider this contentious issue, and we commend Rep. Shuler for his leadership and want to continue working with him and the cosponsors to make sure that all the concerns of small business are addressed as the bill moves forward.”
THESE UNIONS DON'T WANT THE UNFAIR FOREIGN COMPETITION -- THEY'RE HAPPY TO HAVE WORKERS BE CHECKEDThe International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which represents more than 725,000 American workers, is supporting the SAVE Act because it focuses on denying, “entry of all unauthorized immigrants into the United States by securing its borders to the maximum extent possible without compromising constitutionally guaranteed personal and civil liberties.”
The IBEW went on to say that, “mass unregulated immigration into the United States creates unfair wage competition, which is detrimental to the best interests of U.S. citizens and legal residents…”
The IBEW called the SAVE Act, “a tangible first step in achieving true reform of the U.S. immigration system.”
It is especially good to have a giant union that represents workers endorse the E-Verify system.
Some of the fiercest opponents of keeping illegal aliens out of American jobs are those who claim that mandatory verification imposes an unfair burden on American WORKERS, or that it would create a federal database that would violate American workers' privacy.
These opponents obviously don't understand the E-Verify system, or government databases that already exist. Under E-Verify:
TOUGH ENOUGH TO DO THE JOB BUT NOT SO FAST AS TO SCARE OFF SMALL BUSINESSESRep. Shuler noted today that the endorsements from the NFIB and IBEW show that the SAVE Act provides the best solution to the issue of illegal immigration.
“The SAVE Act is commonsense legislation that is bringing people together to address this difficult issue," Shuler said. "I was proud to work with the NFIB and IBEW while drafting this legislation because of their strong representation of American businesses and American workers. I deeply appreciate their continued support for this bill as we work to pass the SAVE Act into law.”
The NFIB endorsement should reassure a lot of you, but may also raise concerns for others of you. Let me respond before you do.
NumbersUSA has been inundated with emails from citizens who have feared that the SAVE Act relies too much on business owners to enforce our nation's immigration laws. You who have sent these emails worry that this will just be more onerous regulation and paperwork the government imposes on business. You think it is unfair especially to small businesses.
Well, the endorsement by the nation's most influential small business association should reassure you that all of us involved in assembling the SAVE Act were very careful to ensure that small businesses can easily comply.
But the reassurance for small businesses will cause some of you to think that the SAVE Act isn't tough enough to actually start driving large numbers of illegal aliens out of our communities.
But isn't this bill like that long-standing ad slogan for the deodorant that was "made for women but strong enough for a man?"
Just because the SAVE Act takes into account the concerns of small businesses, doesn't mean it isn't tough.
Part of what pleases the NFIB is that the smallest of businesses get four years before they have to use E-Verify. That gives the government time to work out any kinks in the system that might be a nuisance to big business but might be a bigger problem for little ones. And it gives them more than enough time to spend the six hours taking the on-line E-Verify certification test, or to find a company that will do it for them.
NumbersUSA doesn't believe there are any significant kinks in the system, but we do believe it may take the government a while to expand its machinery and staff to handle all the employers in the country. It is probably wishful thinking that the feds can ramp up E-Verify for all the millions of businesses in just one or two years.
Here's why the four-year phase-in still is tough enough to make most of us happy:
When it comes to removing the jobs magnet, this bill does much more than described in this email. But I can tell you that no proposed legislation has done as much. It does what is needed. It is fantastic.
This bill does not do as much as is needed on the borders (particularly fencing) or in terms of using and helping local police to pickup and process illegal aliens.
There will be a need for additional legislation to address these gaps.
The point for us now is to not blow an historic opportunity to finally start squeezing millions of illegal aliens out of the jobs that drew most of them to this country in the first place.
This is a bill that is showing strong ability to get enough support to force Democratic congressional leaders to allow votes on it next year, and to force Pres. Bush to sign it into law. If that were to happen, it would be a political miracle, given that most pundits said a year ago that the election of a Democratic Congress would make it impossible to pass enforcement legislation until at least 2009.
Passage of this bill would result in immediate reductions in the illegal population while we are working on passing the next enforcement legislation.
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