Congressional Caucus to Oppose Immigration Reform

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A group of congressional lawmakers has formed a new caucus, intent on drawing a connection between undocumented immigration and unemployment in the United States, according to a report in Spanish-language daily La Opinión. Lamar Smith, R-Tex., Gary Miller, R-Calif., and Sue Myrick, R-N.C., claim they have bipartisan support and a congressional membership of 40 people, yet inquiries to the leadership requesting a list of members and planned activities received no response. Spokesmen say they will oppose any future immigration legislation that grants amnesty to undocumented workers, and say they will push for a mandate to require employers to use the online E-Verify system to check the legal status of their employees. The caucus’ position that undocumented immigrants are taking jobs away from U.S. citizens runs contrary to a study released by the Center for American Progress earlier this year, which indicated that immigration reform including amnesty for undocumented workers could help raise the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $1.5 billion over the next decade.