E-Verify absent from immigration policy talks

He faulted Democrats for coddling immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to solidify support from Hispanic voters and Republicans for siding with businesses that want to exploit cheap labor.

Mr. Lynn’s group, which tailors its low-immigration message to Democrats, has all but abandoned efforts to pressure the party’s congressional leaders on mandatory E-Verify.

“Right now we’re not, only because the reception is so bad to it,” he said.

E-Verify has existed since 1996 and is mandatory in eight states. A 2016 study published in the IAZ Journal of Development and Migration found reduced numbers of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally in states with mandatory E-Verify.

“E-Verify is a much more efficient way to achieve the goals that are claimed for the border wall,” said Edwin Rubenstein, chief researcher for the nonpartisan Negative Population Growth.

An estimated 11.3 million immigrants live in the U.S. illegally with about 8 million working, accounting for about 5 percent of the workforce, according to a 2016 analysis by the Pew Research Center.

Compared to their share of the workforce, immigrants living in the U.S. illegally were overrepresented in the agriculture (17 percent) and construction (13 percent) sectors, and in the leisure and hospitality industry (9 percent), the center found.

The Chamber of Commerce dropped its opposition to E-Verify in 2013 but only with the stipulation that current employees be exempt.


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