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Senate Proceeding on Apr 30th, 2009 :: 7:24:45 to 7:28:45
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Claire McCaskill

7:24:42 to 7:25:03( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: i would ask consent after completes her remarks i be recognizedo make opening comments on the i'll make sure to colleague. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. the senator from missouri. mrs. mccaskill: i would like

Claire McCaskill

7:24:45 to 7:28:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill

7:25:04 to 7:25:25( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: to speak for five minutes as if in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. mccaskill: sometimes change comes quietly. sometimes it comes with a big bang. today change came quietly want to make sure everyone realizes the change that occurred. for three years i've been talking about the problem of illegal immigrati and what caused this problem to flourish in our country.

Claire McCaskill

7:25:26 to 7:25:47( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: i have been talking about the problem of the magnet of jobs that has drawn people over the border without documentation because they're trying to feed their families. and the fact that no one was ing anything about employer enforcement. when i got to w asked the head of immigration enforcement how many employers

Claire McCaskill

7:25:48 to 7:26:09( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: have been held accountable for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, how many have been arrested, she couldn't even tell me. they didn't even keep the statistics. think about that for a minute. they didn't keep the statistics of how many employers were held accountable for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

Claire McCaskill

7:26:10 to 7:26:30( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: and so i began pounding on immigration and customs enforcement about this, talking with them about basic investigative techniques. you know, really, in missouri right now, there are hundreds of employers that are breaking the rules knowingly. they're hiring people, paying them under the table, cash on they're bringing pickup trucks from mexico full of people,

Claire McCaskill

7:26:31 to 7:26:51( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: stuffing them in an apartment thr-fplt's lots and lots -- there's lots and lots -- in fact the vast majority of business people are doing it right, going by the rules doing the best job they can. but there is a chunk of employers out there that knew they weren't going to get caught and they knowingly violated the law. well, i asked the new head of immigration enforcement if that

Claire McCaskill

7:26:52 to 7:27:12( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: was going to change. i asked the new secretary of homeland security if that was going to change, and today they announced a new policy. now, finally they have a set of guidelines going to everyone in the country about how we are going to prioritize going out

Claire McCaskill

7:27:13 to 7:27:33( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: those employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. we finally are going to get to the phag nevada because this is a crime -- get to the magnet. because this is a crime we can deter. if you think somebody is going to put new jail for saying i don't care if youe got papers or not. i can pay you cheaper, work you harder. i don't care if you're illegal

Claire McCaskill

7:27:34 to 7:27:55( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: or not. in fact, bring your friends. if you don't think those people being held accountable is going to make a difference, you don't understand l i'm proud to say change came. the new guidelines require that in fact tips, they're now going to embrace basic investigation.

Claire McCaskill

7:27:56 to 7:28:17( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: they're going to use undercover. they're going to use informants. they're going to use all kinds of documentation they can look at in terms of paper documentation. they're going to enlist the support and cooperation ahead of workplace enforcement of local law enforcement agencies, including the justice department. they have decided that it's a new day in immigration enforcement in this country and

Claire McCaskill

7:28:18 to 7:28:39( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: that we're going to get at the root of the problem. i support e-verify and support giving employers all the tools we can to do the best jock they can in hiring -- job they can in hiring workers. for those who knowingly do it, we need to come down on them.

Claire McCaskill

7:28:40 to 7:28:45( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: i want to congratulate the secretary of homeland security for these new policies. we finally will do something

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