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Matt Gaetz Urges Florida Republicans to Implement Mandatory E-Verify Statewide


Added 01-22-20 05:04:02pm EST - “"Requiring the statewide use of E-Verify will curb illegal immigration while creating jobs and raising wages for Floridians," Gaetz wrote.” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Matt Gaetz Urges Florida Republicans to Implement Mandatory E-Verify Statewide | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Representative Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.) urged Florida Republicans on Monday to mandate statewide use of E-Verify, a program used by employers to check whether a prospective hire is an illegal immigrant.

“Requiring the statewide use of E-Verify will curb illegal immigration while creating jobs and raising wages for Floridians,” Gaetz wrote in an op-ed for the Tallahasee Democrat. “Most importantly, it will make the agriculture sector of Florida’s economy less of a magnet for those entering the country illegally.”

Gaetz pointed to the program’s effectiveness in the state of Arizona, where E-Verify was made mandatory in 2008. The state saw a subsequent 33 percent drop in the number of illegal immigrant workers, according to a 2017 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

The Florida Representative also touted the program’s effectiveness in another area, writing that implementation of E-Verify “increase[s] wages for low-skilled workers born in the United States.”

President Trump praised E-Verify during his 2016 presidential campaign, touting it as part of an immigration reform agenda.

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