Democrat Anxiously Awaits His Party`s Promised Action To Extend E-Verify

Remember the famous ballad sung
by the late
Frank Sinatra,

September Song?

Ironically, Sinatra recorded it in

, the same year that

disastrous new immigration legislation was enacted,

legislation which has created a subsequent massive
immigration invasion, adding some 50 million new
immigrants and their offspring since then.

September Song
final stanzas are:

"Oh, it`s a long long while from
May to December

But the days grow short when you
reach September

When the autumn weather turns the
leaves to brown

One hasn`t got time for the
waiting game


“Oh, the days dwindle down to a
precious few

September, November

And these few precious days I`ll
spend with you

These precious days I`ll spend
with you."

Unlike the song, we don`t have
until November to extend the most effective tool of real
immigration reform,

, which helps employers make sure job
seekers are here legally. Its presently-scheduled
expiration date is September 30, 2009.

That`s right—it`s only
one day until
E-Verify is scheduled to stop, to go unfunded.

As a Democrat, I have been writing
for well over a year to my party`s leadership and
getting back some very encouraging letters from Senators
such as Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein insisting that
they will support the E-Verify extension proposal in
bills under consideration.

For example, in her letter to me of
September 9, 2009, Senator Feinstein wrote

"I support a tough and smart approach to U.S. immigration reform,
including measures to protect U.S. workers and reduce
unauthorized employment in the United States. On July 9,
2009, the Senate passed the "Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) Appropriations Act of 2010" (
) which I supported. The bill includes a permanent authorization for the
voluntary E-Verify program and requires its use by all
Federal contractors. The legislation also prohibits DHS
from using funding to rescind the `No Match` letter
policy, which currently matches an employee`s name and
Social Security number and alerts the employer when the
data does not match with Federal records. Additionally,
the bill reaffirms that DHS must complete the 700-miles
fence along the U.S. – Mexico border.

“All three of these measures were approved unanimously during debate of
the bill on the Senate Floor. The House of
Representatives has passed a different version of the
"DHS Appropriations Act of 2010," which also includes an
extension of the E-Verify program. At this time, the
differences between the two bills are being reconciled
in a conference committee between the Senate and the

Senator, it is now Show Time! Where
are we?

When recently I received a general
email from Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), I did check House
Speaker Pelosi`s web site for a statement from her about
E-Verify. But when I went to her search engine I got

"Did you mean: e
verify Your search–E-Verify- did not match any

However, the Speaker offers on her
web site a full page of statements she has made,
covering everything from swine flu and health care to a
September 21, 2009 statement on

"building an innovative economy”
,which would have
been the perfect place to announce the E-Verify 

Then there is the Obama
Administration`s position. It again
seems to favor
E-Verify`s extension: When Governor of Arizona, now DHS
Secretary Janet Napolitano signed a law requiring that
all new hires be confirmed through E-Verify. More
recently, Napolitano has stated her support for E-Verify
and dismissed the program`s critics:
"Some of the
arguments that are made about how it works or does not
work don`t carry much water with me. I`ve already used
it for several years. It works."
(The Daily Record, March 31, 2009)

In his Fiscal year 2010 budget
request, President Obama has asked for $112 million for
E-Verify. (FY2010 Budget Request Appendix: Dept of
Homeland Security) In a
"Budget Overview"
document, the White House notes that
"funding of $110 million is provided to continue expansion of E-Verify."
(DHS Budget Overview)

Admittedly right now the
Congressional dockets are filled with numerous other
items such as health care, etc…But I for one am not all
that certain that this vital program is really so
popular with some of my fellow Democrats who have

publicly espoused their enthusiasm for its extension.

The days dwindle down and Congress,
controlled by my party, continues to disenchant most
Americans with its performance. In fact, even big
Democratic donors are not contributing up to expected
levels according to the September 25, 2009
Washington Post

Democrats Are
Jarred by Drop In Fundraising

we learn from the nation`s leading business paper,
The Wall Street
, in a September 25
 page one story,
"The Long Slog:
Out of Work, Out of Hope"


"Nearly 15 million Americans are jobless, and the number is widely
expected to remain high even as the economy slowly
begins to recover. Part of the problem many of the
unemployed face: the very fact that they have been out
of work a long time.

“About five million of the jobless are what economists class as
`long-term unemployed`, people who have been out of work
for 27 weeks or more. As challenging as it is for anyone
to find a good job in this economy, it can be even
harder for people out of work a long time.

“Skills atrophy. Demoralization sets in and can become permanent. Some
potential employers shy away."

Should we average citizens of all
political persuasions therefore continue to believe the
propaganda from the

US Chamber of Commerce
, the

ideological and ethnic lobbies
that bringing in more
and more immigrants is vital to America`s future?

are my Democrats waiting for?

Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.