Senator Johanns e-Update
The immigration reform bill currently being debated in the Senate needs many improvements. To that end, I have introduced and cosponsored a number of amendments in an attempt to address my concerns, as well as those I repeatedly hear from Nebraskans.
The first of my amendments would strengthen identity verification tools for employers, improving the photo tool of the e-verify system and allowing employers to ask background questions to verify the identity of new employees. My second amendment ensures an accurate account of the bill’s true costs by requiring the Congressional Budget Office to provide an annually updated cost analysis.
In addition to these amendments, I have cosponsored several others. One would delay the granting of temporary legal status to illegal immigrants until the governors of states along the southern border certify the border is secure. Another amendment I have cosponsored would require illegal immigrants over the age of 16 to read, write, and speak English to receive temporary legal status.
As I’ve already said, this bill needs to be improved. The amendment process, however, has so far been disappointing. If more amendments and robust debate are not allowed, I do not believe this bill will offer a workable solution to our broken immigration system.
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