Trump Drops Requirement for Employers to Validate Citizenship of Employees

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E-Verify is an electronic system, managed by Homeland Security, that allows employers to determine if new hires are authorized to work as US citizens. The program is voluntary, but many companies refused to use it because they can pay lower wages to illegal immigrants. President Trump campaigned on requiring employers to use E-Verify, but this year, he cut $3.7 million from the program and appears to have dropped his support. Instead, it is said he is following the advice of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has prepared a 600-page immigration proposal to create a more ‘business-friendly’ system. -GEG

President Trump’s new budget retreats on his campaign promise to require all U.S. businesses to use E-Verify to check their new hires, signaling the White House’s surrender on one of the best tools to shut down the jobs magnet that spurs illegal immigration.

In the budget, released Monday, Mr. Trump says he backs the current mostly voluntary version of E-Verify.

E-Verify, run by Homeland Security, is an electronic system available to employers to run their new hires’ information. They are told, usually instantaneously, whether the person is work-authorized.

Currently it’s voluntary for most companies, though federal contractors are supposed to use it, and some states have passed laws mandating use as well.

Though not infallible, the system is considered the best way to prevent illegal immigrants from taking jobs, and has long been the Holy Grail for security advocates and those pushing for stricter immigration limits.

The Trump budget retreat was dismaying to them.

“I hope it was simply an oversight, rather than an indication that the Trump administration is abandoning the most effective tool we have to limit illegal immigration and protect the jobs and wages of American workers,” said Rosemary Jenks, vice president at NumbersUSA, which runs television commercials backing use of E-Verify.

Gone is language from the previous two budgets calling for “mandatory nationwide use.”

Immigration experts said the administration is setting the table for the 600-page immigration proposal Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, has been preparing for months. That plan would shift American immigration to a more business-friendly system — and, sources say it does not include mandatory E-Verify.

Having the budget say otherwise could have been an embarrassing conflict, said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies.

“It had to be changed to stay consistent with Kushner’s proposal, which is at odds with what the president has been saying,” Ms. Vaughan said. “It’s a takeover of the president’s immigration agenda by the special interests who benefit from illegal immigration.”

E-Verify, run by Homeland Security, is an electronic system available to employers to run their new hires’ information. They are told, usually instantaneously, whether the person is work-authorized.

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2 years ago

I’m a Trump supporter but this is total BS as is his son-in-law Kushner.

2 years ago

Where in the Constitution is the federal government given the authority to determine if the People are “work-authorized”. I do not need their permission or “authorization” to work.
“E-Verify is an electronic system, managed by Homeland Security, that allows employers to determine if new hires are authorized to work as US citizens.”
I am an American Citizen and I have no desire to work as a US citizen. The only group that the feds have authority over are those in their employ.

christopher david scallio
christopher david scallio
2 years ago
Reply to  Eowyn

E-Verify only verifies a valid Social Security Number. Nothing else.
A friend of mine had 2 applicants with different names and the same soc. sec. # E-Verify said they cannot tell him, the employer, whose number it is but he may hire both applicants as their numbers are valid.

Ed LaPinskas
Ed LaPinskas
2 years ago

Two Jewish guys controlling Trump, “Kush, and “Kiss.”

Charles Andrew Robinson
Charles Andrew Robinson
2 years ago

Does one need more proof that the wall to keep immigrants out is based on a lie. You don’t need a wall if illegal immigrants can’t find work.

christopher david scallio
christopher david scallio
2 years ago

Trump’s USMCA Requires the Free Flow of North American Immigrants by erasing the borders.

2 years ago

Let me remind the people that the duties that come with occupying the Office of the US President is found in writing within the US Constitution, and they are LIMITED (as with the other two branches and named offices within a branch) by that written contract and document that created them. Per Article 2: “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of… Read more »

2 years ago

I disagree with Kushner on this and so should our President!