Immigration reform 2015 news: Obama executive order made defunct as GOP wants E-Verify implemented
Immigration reform seems to have become one of the most important talking points in the US. Though the more than 11 million illegal immigrants are feeling heartbroken over the lack of any clear cut development on the issue, the war seems to be in full gear on the issue.
President Barack Obamaâ€™s executive order on the immigration reform that would have given relief to around five million undocumented immigrants has been challenged in the court. Subsequently the court has put the executive order on the back burner and has forced Obama to temporarily abandon its implementation. Republicans have made it very clear that they are not going to back the reform at any cost and usually Republicans believe that undocumented immigrants must be packed off to their places of birth that many people left decades ago.
Now many Republicans are asking the White House to use E-Verify in order to ensure that every new hire in the United States be electronically verified. Right now very few employers use it. A New York Times report claims that around 92 percent small businesses donâ€™t use E-Verify. Republicans are demanding that the ones not using this method be imposed hefty fines.
While talking about the demand to make E-Verify mandatory, a New York Times report says, â€œH.R. 1147 would cost employers $2.6 billion to implement, according to data from Bloomberg, and would increase the federal deficit by $30 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The bill would devastate the agricultural industry, since close to 75 percent of seasonal fieldworkers are undocumentedâ€.
The report says that it is also going to be bad for workers. The report says that an independent study found that lawful permanent residents were four times more likely â€” and work-authorized immigrants were 27 times more likely â€” to receive an erroneous E-Verify determination. This is really a serious issue for such people. To be true there is no administrative appeal system in place if a worker receives an erroneous E-Verify determination.
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