January 29, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) this week co-sponsored multiple pieces of legislation to help ensure our nation’s borders are secure as the Biden administration attempts to undo the last four years of work to make America safer.
The Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act
Inhofe joined Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to reintroduce legislation to help businesses comply with immigration laws by certifying the legal status of their workforce. The Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act would permanently authorize and expand the E-Verify program, an internet–based system that assists employers in determining whether current or prospective employees are authorized to work in the United States. The bill requires employers to use the program to determine workers’ eligibility.
“Incentivizing illegal immigrants to come to the United States without going through the legal process is extremely dangerous,” Inhofe said. “This disadvantages Oklahomans and all those who have immigrated here legally. It is disappointing that after all these years, we still don’t have mandatory immigration verification for employment. Permanently implementing the E-Verify system is an important step towards ensuring our borders are secure and ensuring compliance with our immigration laws. Making America safer should be something we are all committed to, which is why I am glad to be a cosponsor of Sen. Grassley’s bill.”
Inhofe joined Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to reintroduce her commonsense bill, Sarah’s Law, as the Biden Administration is rolling back immigration enforcement and reversing President Trump’s executive order prioritizing prosecuting illegal immigrants convicted of violent crimes. The legislation, which is named after Sarah Root—an Iowan killed by an illegal immigrant who was released by federal law enforcement due to a loophole in the law and never faced justice—requires federal law enforcement to detain illegal immigrants criminally charged with killing or seriously injuring another person. In just his first week in office, President Biden reversed the Trump Administration’s executive order that includes parts of Sarah’s Law.
“We should all agree that every violent criminal must be brought to justice—that’s commonsense,” Inhofe said. “It is hard to believe loopholes in our immigration system still exist that allow an illegal immigrant charged with heinous crimes to be released into American communities without justice. As a result, these criminals often disappear into the country and escape accountability for their vicious crimes. We need to enact Sarah’s Law so that ICE can detain violent criminal aliens so we can bring them to justice and prevent future atrocities.”
The Stop Greenlighting Driver Licenses for Illegal Immigrants Act
Inhofe joined Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), along with Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) to introduce the Stop Greenlighting Driver Licenses for Illegal Immigrants Act, legislation to block certain federal funds to sanctuary states, including those that allow illegal aliens to get driver licenses without proof of lawful presence.
“Too often, sanctuary city policies go beyond poor immigration enforcement with many jurisdictions actually granting the privileges of citizenship to aliens who are here illegally,” said Inhofe. “Providing drivers licenses to illegal immigrants has real public safety and national security implications – especially when it comes to background checks – so I am glad to cosponsor Sen. Blackburn’s commonsense bill which would withhold certain federal grants to states that allow illegal immigrants access to drivers licenses,” Inhofe said. “As this administration attempts to undo all of the work we have done the past four years to secure our borders, we must keep fighting to keep American families safe.”