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Sen. Marco Rubio co-sponsors E-Verify bill



Sen. Marco Rubio has signed on as a co-sponsor to a bill that would reauthorize the E-Verify employment check system and make it mandatory for all employers.

“I know firsthand the great things that immigration has meant for America," Rubio said in a statement posted on his website. "Immigration is woven into the fabric of our nation and is a critical part of our future. But we can’t be the only nation in the world that does not enforce its immigration laws. Consistently, I have stated that a modernization of the legal immigration system is impossible unless we must first secure the border and implement an E-Verify system that will help prevent the hiring and exploitation of undocumented workers. That’s why I support Senator Charles Grassley’s bill to make E-Verify permanent.”

His sponsorship will please many Republicans and tea party activists. But one group that wants "common sense" immigration reform blasted the Miami Republican.

“Marco Rubio has become a go-along Washington insider overnight," read a statement by America's Voice. "By championing mandatory E-Verify, the big government program with a 50% fail rate, Rubio has thrown Hispanics under the bus in order to cozy up to anti-immigrant ‘leaders’ in Congress like Sen. Grassley and Rep. Lamar Smith."

The group said, “The Republican proposal to ‘fix’ our broken immigration system is a mass deportation fantasy.  The goal of the Smith and Grassley bills is to drive 11 million undocumented immigrants and their families—most of whom are Latino--out of the country.  Of course, their bill will never accomplish that goal, and will instead drive more jobs and workers into the underground economy.  But the fact that Marco Rubio put his name on this bill shows that he just doesn’t get it.  He is incapable of being a real bridge to the Latino community for the GOP."


[Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:54pm]


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