Immigration Enforcement


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has two choices:

  • No. 1: Go around Sen.Menendez who has a “hold” on H.R. 6633, the “clean” E-Verify re-authorization bill passed by the House.   Sen. Reid can bring this back-room filibuster to the Senate floor for a vote. If he does this, there easily will be the 60 votes necessary to stop Menendez and allow an overwhelming majority vote to pass H.R. 6633. (Reid reportedly doesn’t want to do this because he doesn’t want to force some of his Democrats to have to go on record just before the election.)
  • No. 2: Avoid a vote altogether by talking to Menendez privately, persuading him that what he is doing is threatening the reputation of the Democratic Party just before elections and get him to withdraw his “hold” on H.R. 6633. (This way, Reid could then bring H.R. 6633 to the floor in the “hot-wire” fashion which will pass by voice vote.)

Either way, the American worker and public wins. It is all about Reid doing one of those two things.

This is why we want you to put particular pressure on Democratic Senators to put an end to Menendez’ shameful grandstanding. Fortunately, Senate Republicans are standing firm against Menendez.


After we told you that some Republican Senate staffers were working with Sen. Menendez (D-N.J.) for massive increases in foreign workers, you hammered Republican offices for not holding the line for a “clean” E-Verify bill.

Your efforts really worked. By the end of this last week, Republican Senate staffs were going into negotiations with Democrats and making it clear they were united in oppositiion to a foreign-worker surge at this time of 5-year-high unemployment and financial industry collapse.

Sen. Menendez apparently is not bothered by the 5-year-high official unemployment rate — or even by the 292,000 additional American workers who went on unemployment in August alone.  He is insisting that if we keep E-Verify, then we have to add another 550,000 foreign workers next year to the 1.1 million immigrants already scheduled to come.

(AS A REMINDER: E-Verify is the central tool for taking away the job magnet from illegal immigration. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants to kill it so outlaw businesses will have more freedom to hire illegal workers. E-Verify is the on-line system that businesses can type into for each new hire and find out if they are an illegal alien.

(If you live in Arizona, Oklahoma, Georgia — or any other of the places that have started mandating that businesses use E-Verify — your efforts to combat illegal immigration will be halted. )


Thursday night on the floor of the Senate, Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.) tried to “hot-wire” a Senate bill re-authorizing E-Verify. This is a procedure that if nobody is on the floor to object, you can get a bill through. It is supposed to be for non-controversial bills. Sessions’ point was that it shouldn’t be controversial to simply continue this proven E-Verify program.

But Sen. Menendez stood up to object, saying that H.R. 6633 (the House-passed re-authorization) was better than the Senate one Sessions was offering.

Sessions then said that was fine and that he was changing and offering H.R. 6633.

At that, Menendez suddenly turned on the bill he had been extolling and said he wouldn’t allow a vote on E-Verify unless the Senate agrees to add another 550,000 permanent greencards to the 1.1 million already slated for next year! He offered his bill with that surge, and Sessions stood firm saying “NO WAY.”

This is what we have known about Menendez from the backrooms for some time, but it is the first time Menendez has exposed himself so clearly and publicly.

We cannot allow the enemies of America’s workers to blackmail us. Even though E-Verify is essential in the fight against illegal immigration, we still have to be willing to let it die this week rather than allow massive increases in permanent foreign workers.

No, I am not being stubborn instead of practical.

Consider that the point of E-Verify is to protect American workers — and communities — from too many foreign workers.

Does it make any sense to get E-Verify passed by giving away hundreds of thousands more U.S. jobs to other foreign workers?

The point of our fight is to protect American workers and communities.  E-Verify is the best tool going (although Congress needs to make it mandatory for it to really start pushing millions of illegal workers to go home). But we will have accomplished nothing by re-authorizing a voluntary E-Verify while flooding American occupations with another 550,000 foreign workers through Menendez’ bill.

ROY BECK is CEO & Founder of NumbersUSA



September 22, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. Citizens in Cleveland,TN and Bradley County have gone before the City Council and the Bradley County Commission to request that they join E Verify and the SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) program. This screening for legality by state and local governments, businesses, etc. protects citizens and their tax dollars too. To screen when granting benefits and services is vital to prevent fraud.

    Construction crew members went before the Bradley County Commission yesterday to say that they are losing jobs because they are in direct competition from illegal aliens and those who hire them. Some are on food stamps now and one is about to lose his home.

    Citizens of Cleveland,TN and Bradley County have also been requesting the 287 g for almost 2 years to help with the crippling illegal immigration problem. The request for the 287 g was made to City of Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder and to the Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble. Gangs, including MS 13 gang murder, drugs, smuggling, document mills, increased drunk driving, etc. are the results from the criminal illegal alien problem in Bradley County.

    Sheriff Tim Gobble of Bradley County now announces the following:


    Bradley Sheriff Partners with ICE

    The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has joined the Federal Criminal Alien Program offered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    The Criminal Alien Removal Act of 2008 directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to carry out a program to:

    Identify incarcerated criminal aliens.
    Ensure that such aliens are not released into the community.
    Remove such aliens from the United States upon release.
    Sheriff Tim Gobble and Chief Deputy Bill Dyer met recently with representatives of ICE to finalize details of Bradley County’s participation. The act focuses on identifying criminal aliens who are incarcerated in Bradley County thereby helping to ensure that they are not released back into our community after they serve their sentence.

    This program allows the correction staff in the Bradley County jail’s booking office to check the immigration status of all new inmates. As a normal part of the booking process correction officers will ask all inmates a number of questions such as where they were born and if they are a United States citizen. If the officer suspects the person being booked is here illegally or that their immigration status is questionable, an inquiry will begin to obtain more information about the individual. Those with questionable legal status have their names faxed to ICE for computer records checks and status verification.

    If ICE cannot verify legal status, the individual is assumed to be here illegally and ICE will issue a federal detainer and forward it to the BCSO. This allows the BCSO to hold these individuals after their court proceedings are over and / or sentence is served.

    Once the judicial process has concluded, the person will be held for federal authorities who have 48 hours to pick them up and begin deportation proceedings. This program also prevents those identified as illegal aliens from being released on bond once the detainer is received.

    Sheriff Gobble said, “This is a step in the right direction, but the Federal government must get the illegal alien problem under control by securing the U.S. borders and quickly deporting all who come here illegally. The first test of citizenship is the ability to follow the law. If someone comes to this country illegally they have failed the first test of citizenship and should be deported until they can demonstrate adherence and respect for this country’s rule of law.”

    “I am a great supporter of legal immigration and I am proud that the Statute Of Liberty still welcomes the world’s ‘tired, poor and huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ and holds her welcoming lamp ‘beside the golden door.’”

    “However, I am strongly opposed to illegal immigration. It is important for all immigrants desiring citizenship to come here legally, it is also imperative that the federal government reduce the immigration bureaucracy and streamline a legal immigration process that promotes lawful entry into this country instead of discouraging it.”

    Chief Deputy Dyer pointed out over the last several years there has been a noticeable increase in criminal offenders being brought to the jail who are unable to provide the arresting officer and the booking officer with either a driver’s license, social security card or any authenticated immigration papers.

    Sheriff Gobble has worked diligently for months seeking viable solutions for the increasing local illegal alien problem.

    “Getting this illegal alien problem under control will promote public safety and National Security for all citizens.”(quote)

    This is a start though the 287 g is still the goal.

    Comment by WethePeople | September 23, 2008

  2. We need e-verify to control our safety and I would like to know how I can vote for e-verify. Why is our government so crooked and not caring for the United States citizens. This is shameful.

    Comment by Rebecca Barnes | February 2, 2009

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