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Stop E-Verify Delays And Protect American Workers

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, 13 million Americans are out of work, but 8 million illegal immigrants hold jobs in the United States. Yet the Obama administration has just delayed for the third time a requirement that Federal contractors use E-Verify to make sure that they hire legal workers. U.S. citizens and legal immigrant workers should not have to compete with illegal immigrants for employment, especially taxpayer-funded Federal contract jobs. The Federal Government has several hundred billion dollars worth of contracts, each with good jobs that rightfully belong to American workers. E-Verify is the best tool to ensure job security for them. E-Verify works. It immediately confirms 99.6 percent of work-eligible employees. More than 127,000 companies now use E-Verify, and Federal contractors should be required to use it. The Obama administration should put American workers first. They must stop delaying the requirement that Federal contractors hire legal workers.

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