NumbersUSA CEO James Massa recently published an op-ed in the Washington Examiner highlighting the now-passed H.R. 2 - the "Secure the Border Act of 2023" introduced by Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Tom McClintock (R-Calif.).
In describing the different facets of H.R. 2, Massa's article called attention to what most are considering the most critical and pragmatic piece of the legislation - nationally mandated E-Verify:
H.R. 2 also targets the primary magnet for illegal immigration: the potential to work in the U.S. This issue is addressed by requiring American employers to use an E-Verify system to ensure within minutes that new hires are either U.S. citizens or are otherwise working here legally. In fact, 98.34% of the more than 48 million new hires run through E-Verify in fiscal 2022 were confirmed instantly.
Employers are currently only required to discern whether a document presented to them by an employee "reasonably appears on its face to be genuine." While requesting an alternative document exposes employers to potential discrimination lawsuits, the free, online E-Verify service eliminates that burden.
Massa concluded his article with a call to action for members of Congress to support H.R. 2 and help end the Biden Border Crisis.
Every member of Congress should support ending the abuse of parole authority, disincentivizing the smuggling and exploitation of children, and mandating the use of E-Verify by all employers while preserving the integrity of our asylum system for those who legitimately need protection. It's time to take action toward ending the border crisis.
You can read James Massa's Washington Examiner piece here.
Updated: Mon, May 15th 2023 @ 8:35am EDT