Illegal Aliens Cost Virginia Taxpayers $1.7 Billion Annually

A recent report by the Federation For American Immigration Reform concludes that the unlawful presence of illegal aliens in the Commonwealth costs taxpayers $1.7 billion every year for the costs of providing services, the burden on the criminal justice system, and educating illegal aliens and their children in our school systems.  It makes no sense to burden taxpayers with these costs, especially in tough economic times.  It is time for the General Assembly to enact tough new reforms that will reduce this massive burden by encouraging illegal aliens through responsible and common-sense laws to leave Virginia!

Protect Jobs For Americans!

The City of Manassas Park and the City of Manassas Schools use E-Verify to confirm the employment of authorized workers in their jurisdictions. Use of the E-Verify (formerly Basic Pilot Program) database makes smart business sense because it ensures that all new hires have a legal right to work in the United States. And, it protects employers from fines and penalties for knowingly or unknowingly hiring illegal foreign workers.

Prince William County does not verify the eligibility of its workers. In this time of recession and high unemployment, it is important that Prince William County is employing only those persons who are legally eligible to work in the United States.

You can visit the site that lists those businesses using E-Verify at http://www.smartbusinesspractices.com/pilot/

Below are some relevant facts about E-Verify

  • E-Verify is a free and simple to use Web-based system that electronically verifies the employment eligibility of newly hired employees -- visit www.dhs.gov/e-Verify.
  • E-Verify works by allowing participating employers to electronically compare employee information taken from an I-9 form, (the paper based employee eligibility verification form used for all new hires) against more than 425 million records in the Social Security Administration's database and more than 60 million records in DHS immigration databases. About 96 percent of all cases queried through E-Verify are automatically verified to be employment authorized; those results are returned within seconds.(U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - USCIS)
  • Currently, more than 90,000 employers in every state and U.S. territory are enrolled in e-Verify and, on average, the program increases by about 1,000 new employers each week. Thus far in FY 2009, there have been more than 450,000 verification queries run through the system. More than 6.6 million queries were registered during FY 2008. (Department of Homeland Security - DHS)
  • Current law prohibits the use of E-Verify for anyone EXCEPT new hires. (USCIS)

E-Verify Statistics (USCIS):

  • Employees confirmed as work authorized instantly or within 24 hours
  • 96.1% of employees are confirmed as work authorized before any type of mismatch notice or need for action by the employee or employer
  • 3.5% employees receive a final non-confirmation response because they are either not authorized to work in the United States, did not know that they had the opportunity to challenge an initial mismatch (or TNC), or choose not to follow the necessary procedures to prove work authorization after receiving an initial mismatch.
  • E-verify is 99.9% accurate for native born American citizens. (2007 study done by Westat that is on the USCIS website)

E-Verify History:

  • E-Verify was instituted by Congress in 1996 under another name ("Basic Pilot"). It began as a voluntary pilot project in a few states, then was expanded to all 50 states and was renamed E-Verify recently.
  • Section 401 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA - Public Law 104-208) required the federal government to establish pilot programs to verify the employment eligibility of new hires.
  • E-Verify is a re-branding of its predecessor, the Basic Pilot/Employment Eligibility Verification Program, which has been in existence since 1997
  • Participation in E-Verify (formerly Basic Pilot Program) is voluntary and has been available for every business in the country since late 2004

When so many Virginians are out of work, it only makes sense that Prince William County and the City of Manassas should use E-Verify to ensure that taxpayer dollars aren't being used to support the unlawful presence of illegal aliens in our connunities when legal workers could be filling those jobs.  Please contact your elected officials today and ask them why they aren't using E-Verify!

Become a Member!

We welcome as members all U.S. Citizens and legal residents who recognize the considerable dangers that the presence of illegal aliens within our communities poses, and agree that more effective measures are required in order to reduce the number of illegal aliens who are present in our communities. If you want to engage in this issue in a responsible manner as a member of the largest issue advocacy organization in the area, we encourage you to join us.

If you're interested in joining, fill out a membership application and mail it to us at:

Help Save Manassas
PO Box 4191
Manassas, VA 20108

Please Contribute!

Help Save Manassas does not collect membership fees from members, and relies entirely on donations to pay for our operations. One hundred percent of all donations go directly to supporting our advocacy efforts and membership drives. Please consider sending a contribution along with your membership application so we can continue to advocate on behalf of the citizens and legal residents of our community.

Help Save Manassas is registered as a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, but contributions are not tax-deductible.

If You Don't Live In The Prince William Area

Help Save Manassas is a member organization of Save The Old Dominion which joins local organizations and citizens across the Commonwealth in the effort to effect legislative reform in Richmond, as well as assist local organizations and Virginia residents that are interested in establishing local organizations.  If the impacts of illegal immigration in your community are intolerable to you, contact Save The Old Dominion and find out what you can do in your community, and join in the effort to effect reform in Richmond!

 


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