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Illegal immigrants might get stimulus jobs, experts say

March 9, 2009
USA Today
3/9/2009

 

illegalalienboyscoutsTens of thousands of jobs created by the economic stimulus law could end up filled by illegal immigrants, particularly in big states such as California where undocumented workers are heavily represented in construction, experts on both sides of the issue say.

Studies by two conservative think tanks estimate immigrants in the United States illegally could take 300,000 construction jobs, or 15% of the 2 million jobs that new taxpayer-financed projects are predicted to create.

They fault Congress for failing to require that employers certify legal immigration status of workers before hiring by using a Department of Homeland Security program called E-Verify. The program allows employers to check the validity of Social Security numbers provided by new hires. It is available to employers on a voluntary basis.

They could have deterred this, but they chose not to,” said Steven Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies.

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