As most Americans know, our immigration policies are broken. The worst step we can take is to grant amnesty to people who entered our country illegally. I oppose amnesty because it sends a horrible message to those who entered our country legally and to those thinking about immigrating to America in the future.
I believe the best policy for addressing our illegal immigration problems is for Congress to make the E-Verify employment verification system, a program I created in 1996, mandatory for all employers. That is why I introduced H.R. 19, which would make E-Verify mandatory nationwide. In the middle of the worst economy most of us have ever seen, it is outrageous that Americans looking for work have to compete with illegal immigrants for jobs. By making E-Verify mandatory, Congress can turn off the job magnet that keeps illegal immigrants in our country.