LAS VEGAS — In this election season, Senator Harry Reid’s campaign events often include claims of how many stimulus funded jobs he’s created. But how many of these construction jobs are going to workers in the country illegally?
E-Verify is a computer program many employers use to determine if job applicants are U.S. citizens. Construction companies are not forced to use the official E-Verify system to determine if construction job applicants are in this country legally.
Republican Senator Jeff Sessions introduced an amendment in 2009 that would have made E-Verify permanent and mandatory for all construction companies. Senator Reid did not allow the idea to come up for a vote.
“The reason: we need to do comprehensive immigration reform. We cannot do it piecemeal,” said Reid.
“When you go to the unemployment office there’s many U.S. citizens who are unemployed construction workers and they don’t have jobs because right now, some of those construction companies find it easier to hire undocumented workers,” said Reporter Nathan Baca.
“I think that any information you have in that regard is absolutely without foundation,” responded Reid.
But a Pew Hispanic Center study shows 17-percent of all construction workers are in the United States illegally. Reid says not in Nevada. “That may be some place, but it’s not here in Nevada.”
But their latest 2009 numbers show Nevada is the state with the highest percentage of “unauthorized immigrants” in the labor force.
Something else I bet you didn’t know: According to Reid, paying income taxes in the United States is “voluntary.”
Hey, Mr. Majority Leader, would you pass the pipe down this way when you’re done with it?