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President Obama's stimulus bill is supposed to create two million temporary construction jobs over the next several years, at great cost to the American taxpayers ($250,000-$500,000 per job). Yet the Democrats, led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), stripped the E-Verify program out of the stimulus bill. E-Verify is an internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security that works in conjuction with the Social Security Administration to verify a worker is eligible for employment in this country. In other words, E-Verify makes sure that illegals aren't getting those stimulus jobs. Apparently, Democrats think it's fine for Americans to pay for the construction jobs, but they don't care if Americans actually GET the construction jobs. With unemployment skyrocketing during this economic downturn, with 4 million jobs lost recently, and 10 million jobless Americans overall, this is inexcusable.
"Tonight, behind closed doors with no input from House Republicans, Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid crafted the so-called compromise on the stimulus bill. What we now know is that while billions of American taxpayer dollars are going to be spent, there is no assurance that the jobs created will go to American workers. The two amendments that had been accepted by the House Appropriations Committee were stripped without discussion or debate. The American people have repeatedly voiced their support for employment verification and yet we find that once again special interests [ read: Big Business and the Hispanic voting bloc] win out. The one candle in the darkness of this disastrous bill was the reauthorization and requirements to use E-Verify. Now all we are left is a bill that places illegal immigrant interests above those of hard working American families and leaves the bill at the foot of future generations." - Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), February 11, 2009
A recent column by Pat Buchanan reports the following:
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, illegal aliens will take 300,000 of the 2 million construction jobs to be created by the stimulus bill. The CIS figure is based on Census Bureau estimates that 15 percent of all construction workers are illegal aliens or immigrants who are not authorized to work in the United States.
Not only did Democrats strip E-Verify from the stimulus bill, they got rid of it altogether, by voting down Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) motion to reauthorize E-Verify until 2014. The E-Verify program expired on March 6th and runs out of funding in six months. From the same Buchanan column:
The Senate voted 50 to 47 to end E-Verify in six months, when current funding runs out. Sen. Jeff Sessions' proposal to give this successful program five more years was rejected 50 to 47. Republicans and seven Democrats voted to save E-Verify. But only Democrats voted to kill it.
So, for all you employers out there who wanted to follow the law and only hire legal workers, well, the Democrats say you can't do that anymore. And for all you Americans looking for jobs during these difficult economic times, the Democrats say screw you too. Illegal aliens and business interests are more important than you are.
Too bad we don't have a media in this country that will actually report any of this stuff. That would be helpful, wouldn't it ? Americans armed with knowledge might be able to make more informed decisions (but then, that's the whole point of the media silence, isn't it ? To keep us unaware).
Oh well. I wonder how Brad and Angelina are doing.....and did you hear about Lindsay Lohan ? My, my...