E-ver­ify group to pres­sure Boehner with ads

Says speaker has stalled House vote

The Washington Times Daily - - Front Page - BY STEPHEN DINAN

Fed up with Re­pub­li­can con­gres­sional lead­ers, a group ad­vo­cat­ing a crack­down on im­mi­gra­tion will be­gin run­ning ads Thurs­day de­mand­ing that House Speaker John A. Boehner al­low a vote on leg­is­la­tion re­quir­ing busi­nesses to use E-ver­ify, the gov­ern­ment data­base to check work­ers’ le­gal sta­tus.

Num­ber­susa, the group spon­sor­ing the ads, ac­cused Mr. Boehner and his fel­low Re­pub­li­can House lead­ers of block­ing the bill over fears that it will anger His­panic vot­ers in an elec­tion year. But Num­ber­susa says en­act­ing the bill — which cleared a key com­mit­tee in Septem­ber but has since stalled — would help clear out unau­tho­rized work­ers and open those jobs for Amer­i­cans.

“Our gloves are off,” said Roy Beck, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the group, who noted that his or­ga­ni­za­tion has pushed for ac­tion be­hind the scenes with­out suc­cess.

He said the group is now ready to take the is­sue public with ra­dio and tele­vi­sion ads de­signed to force the GOP to choose be­tween pol­i­tics and Amer­i­can work­ers.

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