King’s E-Verify Amendment Added to Seven Appropriations Bills
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King released the following statement following House passage of an amendment he introduced which prohibits the expenditure of federal funds by federal agencies for any new hires who have not been subjected to an E-Verify review. The King amendment was adopted by the House of Representatives on a voice vote, and it was attached to seven different appropriations bills. The seven appropriations bills to which King’s amendment has been attached are: Agriculture, Interior, Commerce/Justice/Science, Labor/Health and Human Services, Financial Services, Homeland Security, and Transportation/Housing Urban Development.
“Current law requires the federal government to use E-Verify to enhance enforcement of federal immigration law in all hirings,” said King. “However, it’s been brought to my attention that it isn’t consistent across the different departments and we need to ensure that it is.”
The E-Verify system is operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). E-Verify checks the Social Security numbers of newly hired employees against Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records to determine work eligibility.
King’s immigration law enforcement amendment seeks to ensure that jobs within federal agencies are not being taken by aliens who are in the country illegally. King’s amendment not only helps to ensure agency compliance with current federal law, but also serves to protect the interests of American workers seeking jobs within their own government.