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Rick Santorum, E-Verify & the Truth


By Jan Shedd-  Kaufman County Tea Party

Photo Courtsey of Ramparts 360

Ann Coulter has posted a new piece on her website, dated 12.28.11, entitled Only One Candidate is Right on the Two Most Important Issues.  In the post she says,

“Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have won statewide elections, but Huntsman and Perry ran in extremely red states that don’t resemble the American electorate. Only Romney and Santorum have won a statewide election in a blue state, making them our surest-bets in a general election (true). But if Santorum wins, we lose on the second most important issue — illegal immigration – (false) and he’ll be the last Republican ever to win a general election in America.” (also false).

and then she says:

 “Among the most effective measures against illegal immigration is E-Verify, the Homeland Security program that gives employers the ability to instantly confirm that their employees’ Social Security numbers are legitimate. It is more than 99 percent accurate, and no employee is denied a job without an opportunity to challenge the records.

Although wildly popular with Americans — including Hispanic Americans — the business lobby hates E-Verify. Employers like hiring non-Americans because they can pay illegal aliens less and ignore state and federal employment laws.

Any candidate who opposes E-Verify is not serious about illegal immigration. If anything, E-Verify ought to be made mandatory to get a job, to get welfare and to vote.

Kowtowing to business (while pretending to kowtow to Hispanics), Paul, Perry and Santorum oppose E-Verify. As a senator, Rick Santorum voted against even the voluntary use of E-Verify.” (true but misleading) and -  “Only Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney aren’t trying to sneak through amnesty for illegal aliens. Both support E-Verify (false-they are not the only ones who support EVerify).” 

I like a lot of what she says throughout the post, but in the end, she thinks Romney is the only one who can win.  I have been one of Ann’s biggest fans for a number of years, but that is beginning to change.  Knowing what a solid conservative Rick Santorum is, I found her claims about his position on E-Verify bizarre.  I called the Santorum campaign and left a message telling them what she had written.  I got a call back in a couple of hours.

These are the facts:

In 1997, EVerify was called the “Basic Pilot Program.”  The bill was HR 3610.  On 7.18.96, Rick Santorum voted for it.  In 2003, it was renamed the “Basic Pilot Program Extention and Expansion Act of 2003.”  On 11.12.03, Rick Santorum voted for it. In 2006, Congress was considering the McCain/Kennedy-amnesty-for-illegals bill, if you will recall.  By then it was called EVerify, and it was in the bill.  Rick voted against it because he was voting against amnesty for illegals.  Funny . . . Ann left that part out.

The Santorum campaign is putting something together for me to send out that clearly explains his position on illegal immigration and border security.

Like I said, when the Republican Primary comes to Texas, I’m voting for Rick Santorum for president.

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One Response to “Rick Santorum, E-Verify & the Truth”

  1. Pam Taylor Says:

    Rick doesn’t really address illegal immigration at all on his website. His website along with Bachman’s aren’t that great. It’s great that he is working so hard campaigning, but many people get information on the internet and I think it would be helpful if he improved his website. I also like Ann & read her column weekly, so this is why I found your site, trying to verify his stance on illegal immigration.

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