Updated: May 20
Illegal immigration could be halted overnight but the business community has stood in the way for decades and continues to do so.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan wrote his “Immigration Reform and Control Act”, which included not only amnesty for 3 million immigrants, but also harsh penalties for employers who hired undocumented workers. But in order to get the legislation passed, he had to strip out the employer sanctions part of the bill because of the blowback from mostly large agricultural interests.
The Republican Congress is now trying to pass another immigration bill with an E-Verify provision that forces employers to make sure that anyone they hire is here legally. But 37 years later, they’re running into the same obstacles. The farm, hospitality, and service sectors have all banded together to oppose the verification mandate.
Plain and simply, these bosses need illegal immigrants in order to survive.
E-Verify is the cheapest, simplest, and most direct way to combat the flow of immigrants coming to the U.S. to work. If there were no jobs to be had, why would they make the treacherous journey north?