House passes Nunnelee amendment on E-Verify

By NEMS Daily Journal

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed H.R. 2354, the 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which contains U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee’s amendment that would prohibit any federal agency funded by the bill to hire an employee that is not verified through the E-Verify Program.
“With 9.2 percent of Americans out of work, I am pleased to see the E-Verify language approved by my colleagues in the House,” said Nunnelee, the 1st District Republican from Tupelo. “Over 22 million Americans search for work on a daily basis, while research estimates that over 7 million U.S. jobs are held by illegal aliens. This is a common-sense amendment that simply uses the appropriations process to enforce the E-Verify system that is currently in place.
“Illegal employment is a contributing factor to our nation’s current debt problem. In these harsh economic times, it is important to make sure illegal aliens are not in the workforce. U.S. jobs should go to legal workers,” concluded Nunnelee.
The E-Verify Program is an existing and authorized voluntary program that enables employers to verify the name, Social Security Number and alien identification number (for non-citizens) of newly hired employees.