The Center for Immigration Studies sent me an e-mail noting that using the Senates own statistics that the stimulus bill under consideration now could mean 300,000 illegal aliens could get jobs in construction projects funded by the bill:
- The current version of the Senate Stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) contains $104 billion in construction spending, including highways, schools, and public housing.
- Government estimates suggest this spending should create about 2 million new construction jobs.
- Consistent with other research, the Center Immigration Studies has previously estimated that 15 percent of construction workers are illegal immigrants.
- This means that about 300,000 of the construction jobs created by the Senate stimulus could go to illegal aliens (15 percent of 2 million).
The House Bill had provisions requiring those winning the construction contracts to use E-Verify (an easy online system employers can use to verify workers are legal).
The Senate Bill currently doesn’t have that provision.
I want the atrocity of a bill to fail, but if it passes, I hope it has E-Verify requirements on the spending within it. Now is not the time to let illegal aliens benefit from the mortgaging of our future.