Eagle Forum has sent out multiple emails in support of Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760). Recently, there has been quite a bit of misinformation spreading about the bill, specifically on E-Verify. Some news outlets have reported that it will create a national identification card with biometrics. That is simply not true. On page 125 of H.R. 4760, the bill retains the current statutory prohibition on the E-Verify system being used as a national identification card. The language is as follows:
“`(8) LIMITATION ON USE OF THE VERIFICATION SYSTEM AND ANY RELATED SYSTEMS-
`(A) NO NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION CARD- Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize, directly or indirectly, the issuance or use of national identification cards or the establishment of a national identification card.”
E-Verify is not a database itself. It is a portal that pulls from existing databases, like the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security to verify if an individual is eligible to work in the United States. An immigrant who obtains a work visa is issued an alien identification number, similar to an American citizen’s social security number. Once that number, name, and birthday are put into the system, a confirmation of work eligibility is sent. No additional information is available to the employer through E-Verify.
In a separate portion of the bill, an entry and exiting system for immigrants is reinforced. The system was created in 1996 and urged by the 9/11 Commission. President Trump has promised to continue the program. Because of the millions of visa overstays each year, a biometric system is required to make sure that immigrants are leaving the country when their visa has expired. This 22-year old mandated system is for temporary immigrants only.
The Securing America’s Future Act is still the best deal on immigration. The extensive measures that H.R. 4760 takes on securing our borders will keep families and American jobs safe for many years to come. For these reasons, Eagle Forum continues to support this bill. To read more about what the bill does, and to contact your Congressman about this bill click here.