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Congressman Brooks introduces bill to make E-Verify mandatory

The bill would permanently reauthorize the E-Verify program and make its use mandatory for employers.

Congressman Mo Brooks

Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks has introduced the “Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act,” a bill that would permanently reauthorize the E-Verify program and make its use mandatory for employers.

“The prospect of a job entices illegal aliens to break into America,” Brooks said. “Making E-Verify mandatory for all companies coupled with harsh penalties for violations cuts off illegal aliens from American jobs. The result? Fewer illegal aliens to take jobs from and suppress the wages of American workers. Which equates to higher pay and more jobs for Americans. An added bonus is that illegal aliens who can’t get jobs will self-deport at no cost to taxpayers. That is a great deal for all Americans! This bill is a no-brainer.”

Immigration policy reform groups NumbersUSA and the Federation for American Immigration Reform both support Brooks’ bill.

Dan Stein is the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

“Congressman Mo Brooks is, without question, one of the most prolific advocates of true immigration reform in Congress,” Stein said. “The Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act would authorize and expand the E-Verify program, making it mandatory for all employers in the United States. This is the gold standard of immigration enforcement, and would reduce illegal immigration by turning off the jobs magnet that lures illegal aliens. This bill attacks the source of the problem, rather than its symptoms. We applaud Congressman Brooks and urge every one of his colleagues to cosponsor.”

Rosemary Jenks is the director of government relations at NumbersUSA.

“Of all the tools available to stop the flow of illegal immigration, E-Verify is the most effective, since most illegal aliens are coming here to work,” Jenks said. “That’s why it’s no surprise that Congressman Brooks has consistently fought to implement the program nationwide. E-Verify gives employers a free and easy way to be certain that their employees are legally authorized to work, and it prevents illegal aliens from accessing the jobs that American citizens and legal immigrants so desperately need, particularly now, as the economy recovers from the pandemic. NumbersUSA applauds Congressman Brooks for introducing the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act to ensure that American workers don’t have to compete for jobs with illegal aliens.”

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Original cosponsors include Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida; Lance Gooden, R-Texas; Scott DesJarlais, R-Tennessee; Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania; Paul Gosar, R-Arizona; Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina; Ralph Norman, R-South Carolina; Bill Posey, R-Florida; Brian Babin, R-Texas; Matt Rosendale, R-Montana; Jody Hice, R-Georgia; and Bob Good, R-Virginia.

Brooks has campaigned for stricter immigration laws and more vigorous enforcement of existing immigration laws throughout the six terms that he has represented Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. Brooks has recently announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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