Immigration Group Blasts Boehner for Failing to Crack Down on Illegal Workers

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, March 7, 2012

Fed up with Republican congressional leaders, a group advocating a crackdown on immigration will begin running ads Thursday demanding that House Speaker John A. Boehner allow a vote on legislation requiring businesses to use E-Verify, the government database to check workers’ legal status.

NumbersUSA, the group sponsoring the ads, accused Mr. Boehner and his fellow Republican House leaders of blocking the bill over fears that it will anger Hispanic voters in an election year. But NumbersUSA says enacting the bill—which cleared a key committee in September but has since stalled—would help clear out unauthorized workers and open those jobs for Americans.

“Our gloves are off,” said Roy Beck, executive director of the group, who noted that his organization has pushed for action behind the scenes without success.

He said the group is now ready to take the issue public with radio and television ads designed to force the GOP to choose between politics and American workers.


Michael Steel, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner, blamed the legislative process for the bill’s delay.

“Speaker Boehner has supported legislation with E-Verify in the past, and the issue is currently working its way through the committee process,” Mr. Steel told The Washington Times in an email.

The E-Verify bill, sponsored by House Judiciary CommitteeChairmanLamar Smith, passed out of the Texas Republican’s committee on a 22-13 vote last year and is sitting in the Ways and Means Committee. A spokeswoman for that committee didn’t return a message seeking comment.

Mr. Beck said the blockade is by design and that he has heard from people who said Mr. Boehner told them he won’t take up the bill in an election year.

“Republican House Speaker John Boehner refuses to let the House of Representatives vote on E-Verify,” the group’s radio ad says, telling voters to call Mr. Boehner and demand that he hold a vote on the bill. “If he refuses, ask him why Republicans deserve your vote in November.”


Mr. Obama‘s administration has said he wants E-Verify to be made mandatory, but only as part of an overall legalization of the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country.

Meanwhile, three of the four Republican presidential candidates have called for E-Verify to be made mandatory as part of their security-first approach. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is the only one who has rejected the idea, arguing that it would turn businesses into immigration police forces.

Mr. Beck said Republicans should see the issue as a winner, not a political liability. He said Democrats already have enough ammunition to attack Republicans for their stance on cracking down on illegal immigration, and there is little left for the GOP to lose by pushing for E-Verify.


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  • JohnEngelman

    The business interests who control the Republican Party like cheap, illegal immigrant labor. 

  • DelmarJackson

    E Verify is a biggie. beck should throw everything hes got at mandatory E verify. If not now? When?

  • Christopher_Nelson

    Republicans pander to hispanics.  

    • JohnEngelman

      Democrats pander to Hispanics too. Nevertheless, the Democrat hope that immigrants will vote Democrat is short sighted. A diverse work force is more difficult to organize into unions than a homogeneous one. As a smaller percentage of Americans are white, a larger percentage of whites vote Republican.  
      The political center in the United States is to the right of where it is in Europe and the British Commonwealth because the American population is more heterogeneous. 

  •  The Ruling Class GOP Elites Support Amnesty, they feel that somehow illegal aliens will support them.  The GOP has given White People the FINGER and turned their back.  The GOP would rather support Obama and the Democrat-Commie Party than see White Conservatives Capture the White House and that is exactly what they are doing.

    • JohnEngelman

      Immigration is an issue that divides the elites of both parties from the rank and file. When rich Democrats think of immigration they think of the Statue of Liberty, “huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” and so on. 
      Rich Republicans think of becoming richer Republicans, because that is what a high rate of immigration enables them to become. More immigrants mean more consumers and more job applicants. By the law of supply and demand that means higher prices, lower wages, and higher profits. 

  • Part of the reason is that some in the border security caucus oppose this bill, and they oppose it because the Chamber Pot of Commerce inserted a poison pill — It would disallow states from requiring E-Verify. That means the Feds and only the Feds would enforce E-Verify, i.e. it won’t be enforced.

    • JohnEngelman

      Chamber Pot of Commerce,” I love that! 

  • Pat1950

    Call your congressman and senators as well as Speaker Boehner’s office.Join is free,very easy to use and has a million members already.It is a mainstream organization.They make it simple to fax your elected representatives.Politicians want to be reelected and they are surprisingly responsive to their was almost solely responsible for blocking amnesty a couple of years ago.Stop complaining and do something easy.

  • The GOP is dominated by anti-Democratic, anti-White scumbags who fund the elections of the GOP candidates. These groups have multi-billion if not multi-trillion dollar interests in having tens of millions of felony invaders in America.

    Completely disgraceful. I want to ask you, what have Conservatives conserved in the past 60 years?

  • ageofknowledge

    The ex-janitor is the lap dog of the wealth and corporate special interests raping this country. Why wouldn’t he support illegal immigration. It just cheapens the U.S. labor market for his masters. What I can’t understand is why the unions are for it.

    • The unions only care about one thing and that’s keeping the dues flowing. They have no qualms about hiring illegal invaders if it means increasing membership. Look at at SEIU.