As the 2012 reelection campaign begins to fade into the background, Orrin Hatch is returning to his open borders roots. After voting for the Schumer managers’ amendment to the amnesty bill and against Ted Cruz’s enforcement before legalization amendment in committee last week, he voted to gut E-Verify during the Thursday markup of the gang bill.
Among the many vices of this travesty of a bill is a hidden provision that actually repeals E-verify. The bill preempts states from using E-verify until the federal government creates a new system that is currently unknown and untested. So we are ditching a system that is 99.8% accurate and used by hundreds of thousands of employers on a voluntary basis for the promise of some unicorn system in the future.
At present, 19 states have some form of an E-verify law, requiring verification of legal status, most often for state jobs. In order to prevent a new defacto amnesty, Charles Grassley proposed an amendment which would allow state E-Verify laws to remain in effect until the federal mandate to use the new employment verification system is up and running.
Sounds like commonsense? Every Democrat plus the two GOP gang members (Flake and Graham) voted against it. Oh, and Orrin Hatch decided to throw in with them as well.
Do you think he would have taken this vote at this time in 2012?
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