It is all about opposing immigration legislation in the House which would require employers to use E-Verify to confirm that the person is legally permitted to work in the United States.
Radio ads that begin airing this week on Spanish-language stations blast Rep. Elton Gallegly and other Republicans for pushing legislation that would require employers to use an online verification program to check the immigration status of potential workers.
The ads, which are airing on stations in Santa Barbara, Sacramento and East San Gabriel Valley, specifically single out Gallegly of Simi Valley and Rep. Dan Lungren of Gold River and blast Republican lawmakers in general for pushing to make the E-Verify system mandatory.
“It is a bad bill for workers, it is bad for employers, and it is bad for the economy,” said Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer for Service Employees International Union.
SEIU and America’s Voice Education Fund, which supports comprehensive immigration reform, are the two organizations behind the ad campaign. A similar ad will appear in La Opinion, the nation’s largest Spanish-language newspaper.
Immigration supporters and others argue that requiring employers to use E-Verify to check the backgrounds of potential workers would have a huge impact on Latinos in California and across the country.
E-Verify is a free online program run by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in conjunction with the Social Security Administration.
Employers can enter a potential worker’s name, date of birth and Social Security number into the system. Within seconds, the system will say whether the job applicant is in the country legally and eligible to work. Right now, the program is voluntary for businesses but mandatory for federal agencies and some federal contractors.
This persuasive campaign against Elton won’t affect him much since he has been a vociferous supporter of E-Verify for many years.
But, why would anyone oppose this legislation?
The status quo is broken and I suppose this suits big employers who use and exploit illegal immigrants and the big unions who take their union dues just fine.
In the meantime, American taxpayers pick up the tab for all of these folks who live among us.
The House should pass this legislation.
But, unfortunately, it will never be called up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. Democrat Senate Majority leader Harry Reid will NEVER call it up.