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Stimulating illegal alien jobs

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 9, 2009 11:15 AM

I’ve reported to you over the past month on Sen. Jeff Sessions’s battle to ensure that stimulus money didn’t go to illegal aliens. He fought the good fight and lost.

Now, it dawns on USA Today that — you don’t say! — the stimulus money might find hundreds of thousands of illegal alien jobs. Way to keep the American people informed in a timely and relevant manner!

Tens 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.

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Raw data: Here’s the CIS report.

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