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Reid: Illegal Workers Not A Problem In NV

We almost missed this nugget from the Las Vegas CBS KLAS-TV:


Reid Declines Vote on Illegal Worker Plan

Jul 12, 2010

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.

Reid’s office also says that E-Verify is inaccurate, citing recent Social Security Administration numbers. But the federal government’s own contracted accountant found E-Verify worked 99-percent of the time

Senator Reid’s office gave a statement Monday afternoon: "One single amendment is not the silver bullet to fixing our broken immigration system. We need comprehensive reform that secures the borders, requires 12 million illegal immigrants to get right with the law, and stops employers from lowering wages by exploiting illegal labor." …

Mr. Reid is not even in the same room as reality.

Still, we can’t help but fear for his wife come NOvember.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Reid: Illegal Workers Not A Problem In NV”

  1. jackal40

    Why do we need “One single amendment is not the silver bullet to fixing our broken immigration system. We need comprehensive reform that secures the borders, requires 12 million illegal immigrants to get right with the law, and stops employers from lowering wages by exploiting illegal labor.” when this administration won’t even enforce the laws currently on the books concerning illegal immigration and are suing Arizona over their recent law which essentially identical to the federal law (and even references the appropriate federal statutes)?

    What we do need is ICE to round up and deport these 12 to 25 million illegal immigrants. We need the government to follow the laws they wrote and punish the corporations who are using illegal immigrants (while we’re at it, have those in the administration who aren’t up to date on their taxes have their pay garnished). We need the government to quite pussy-footing around with items like amnesty and “a path to citizenship” when there already is a path clearly defined – file the freaking paperwork and wait your farking turn.

  2. wardmama4

    I think perhaps Mr Reid is reaching the age where senility is making his future job security – vastly more insecure. And besides it is well known that the Vote Early/Vote Often/Vote or Die/Rock The Vote crowd do not turn out for mid-term elections (most especially when they aren’t voting for a Half-rican historical candidate) – is minimal combine that with the rise of the TEA Party – and I guess Mr. Reid will 1) be jeopardizing his wife’s well being, 2) having a taste of seeking employment in an Obama economy and 3) getting a taste of reality. Right in the voting booth.

  3. canary

    Reid says not in Nevada. “That may be some place, but it’s not here in Nevada.”
    Reid says illegal workers “may”? be some place?
    Reid needs to move out of the White House, quit that smoozing with Obama & Pelosi.


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