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house Bill H.R. 1147

Requiring all Employers to Verify That Workers are Legally in the U.S.

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Would quickly and accurately identify if a current or prospective employee is authorized to work in the U.S. This bill protects jobs for those who are supposed to be working in the U.S. and streamlines national employee verification.

Larry's Opinion
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03/21/2015
They should be fined enough to make it not worth their while to hire illegals.
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03/21/2015
Asa n American worker myself with an employer who actively employs foreign immigrants with knowledge that some of these employed are not legal I absolutely agree with this bill and to the opposed argument that it will cost to much, that's a bs excuse with billions in wasteful spending happening within Fed agencies that go unchecked.
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Loraki's Opinion
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08/06/2016
THIS IS THE IMMIGRATION REFORM AMERICA NEEDS: 1. Make E-Verify mandatory for all U.S. employers to eliminate the jobs magnet. 2. Complete the Congressionally-mandated biometric entry/exit system to track non-immigrant visitors to the U.S. 3. End the practice of birthright citizenship for illegal aliens and foreign visitors. 4. Require state and local law enforcement to report affirmatively all non-citizens in custody to ICE, make ICE detainers mandatory, and require ICE to pick up and remove deportable aliens. 5. Expand expedited removal to include all illegal aliens with criminal convictions. 6. End catch-and-release of illegal aliens by requiring that they be detained until removal. 7. Deny immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to nations that refuse to repatriate their citizens. 8. Reform the judicial process in immigration courts, including restricting relief from removal, to expedite the process and reduce the backlog of cases. 9. Restrict asylum to the internationally recognized definition of those who are unable to be returned to the home country due to a well-founded fear of (state) persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. 10. Allow Border Patrol access to all federal lands. Please sign the petition now and start applying pressure now fro the next Congress to fix our BROKEN IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM! Sign Petition: https://www.numbersusa.com/petition?id=17394
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Argument opposed

While this system may do what it is supposed to, it is very expensive and may not be worth the price tag. At a cost estimate of $600 million over 3 years for private sector employers, the bill is not worth the expense.

avoicethatmatters's Opinion
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03/21/2015
Focus on finding jobs for those not working, not taking away jobs from workers.
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DCPolitical's Opinion
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06/29/2015
Until we reopen Ellis Island, let's give illegal immigrants a break. Give them a path to citizenship, give them DACA if they work or something like that. Think about all the tax money you'll get from giving 11 million people citizenship.
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Brian's Opinion
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03/21/2015
Too costly, cut military spending and then address this using the newly freed funds
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    Asa n American worker myself with an employer who actively employs foreign immigrants with knowledge that some of these employed are not legal I absolutely agree with this bill and to the opposed argument that it will cost to much, that's a bs excuse with billions in wasteful spending happening within Fed agencies that go unchecked.
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    Focus on finding jobs for those not working, not taking away jobs from workers.
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    They should be fined enough to make it not worth their while to hire illegals.
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    THIS IS THE IMMIGRATION REFORM AMERICA NEEDS: 1. Make E-Verify mandatory for all U.S. employers to eliminate the jobs magnet. 2. Complete the Congressionally-mandated biometric entry/exit system to track non-immigrant visitors to the U.S. 3. End the practice of birthright citizenship for illegal aliens and foreign visitors. 4. Require state and local law enforcement to report affirmatively all non-citizens in custody to ICE, make ICE detainers mandatory, and require ICE to pick up and remove deportable aliens. 5. Expand expedited removal to include all illegal aliens with criminal convictions. 6. End catch-and-release of illegal aliens by requiring that they be detained until removal. 7. Deny immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to nations that refuse to repatriate their citizens. 8. Reform the judicial process in immigration courts, including restricting relief from removal, to expedite the process and reduce the backlog of cases. 9. Restrict asylum to the internationally recognized definition of those who are unable to be returned to the home country due to a well-founded fear of (state) persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. 10. Allow Border Patrol access to all federal lands. Please sign the petition now and start applying pressure now fro the next Congress to fix our BROKEN IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM! Sign Petition: https://www.numbersusa.com/petition?id=17394
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    Until we reopen Ellis Island, let's give illegal immigrants a break. Give them a path to citizenship, give them DACA if they work or something like that. Think about all the tax money you'll get from giving 11 million people citizenship.
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    Too costly, cut military spending and then address this using the newly freed funds
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    I don't understand why we make laws in this country if no one pays any attention to them. What part of "in the country illegally" does no one seem to understand?
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    Yes. I think everyone would like everyone else to also be working, however it's possible that NOT checking can artificially depress wages for legitimate workers.
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    This would be extremely costly to employers who must already pay higher workers to non-immigrants and legal immigrants by law. Fixing the welfare state and allowing more legal immigration is the only legitimate solution.
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    This bill would place an onerous requirement on businesses, as well as make it even harder for immigrants to work and live in this country. The United States should fix it's immigration laws, not make immigrant lives more difficult.
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    This sounds like a good idea, but its too expensive at this time and is likely to have unintended consequences at great cost to the country
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    Would quickly and accurately identify if a current or prospective employee is authorized to work in the U.S. This bill protects jobs for those who are supposed to be working in the U.S. and streamlines national employee verification.
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    "It hardly needs saying that immigration policy should not undermine Americans’ jobs, wages." -twitter.com/ScottWalker
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    Not until Americans in our crop fields who are crucial to our economy are given the citizenship they deserve.
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    A town in I believe Mississippi (not completely sure which state it was) removed all it's illegal immigrant workers. After a couple of weeks, they were begging for them to come back, and their economy went downhill. We don't want to do this to the whole country.
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    Because BO and others of his ilk see no reason to enforce federal laws preventing illegals from living within our borders, and because employers ALWAYS end up doing work for everybody, INCLUDING THE US GOVERNMENT, but themselves, I have to say yes to yet another burden on self-employed and employers. BO won't let law enforcement officials do this, so we employers have to do another task for government. I HOPE you will include government employers in this law. If it's good enough for US U.S. citizens to have to do this, it should be good enough for ALL GOVERNMENT employers to do so. Where do we send invoices for services provided?
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    This bill secures jobs for Americans, and prevents them from being taken by illegal government freeloaders.
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    But "legal" should include work permits. There are a lot of jobs (agricultural, meat processing, etc) American citizens just won't do.
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    No brainer. If you're here illegally your can't get a job. That just enables them and allows more of them to stay illegally.
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    They can work here, pay taxes here, and get paid below minimum wage here. Why not?
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