Steve King has a bill that to create a master “Big Brother” data file on every American between the IRS, DHS and Social Security Admin, to nab illegal aliens and their employers…
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) appeared on the Friday edition of Breitbart News Tonight, discussing immigration and a new plan he has for forcing employers to utilize E-verify in order to claim certain tax benefits. It that was killed by the cheap labor business lobby-owned, establishment Republican leadership.
King identified one weakness of E-Verify is that it still requires enforcement, an action that is conducted with varying degrees of intensity by the political leanings of the person sitting in the White House.
He said, “The one thing that causes me pause about mandatory E-Verify is you still have to enforce it. You still have to show up with ICE and go through and examine the records and punish the employer if he’s violating and hiring illegals. We didn’t have enforcement throughout this time, which is why we have this problem, so I think under the Trump administration, we’d have pretty good enforcement. Under a future administration, maybe not so much.”
King has a solution but with an attached infringement on the civil liberties of all American citizens. He explained, “I’ve written a piece of legislation that I believe is a self-actuating and self-enforcing. … I’ve called it ‘The New IDEA Act,’ and my acronym IDEA stands for Illegal Deduction Elimination Act. It clarifies that wages and benefits paid to illegals are not tax deductible.”
He continued, “The IRS would come in during a normal audit, it doesn’t accelerate audits, and run the information of the employees through E-Verify, to give the employers safe harbor if he uses E-Verify. But if his employees can’t qualify under E-Verify, the IRS can deny the wages and benefits paid to them as a business expense.”
He pointed out that his bill would eliminate some of the economic incentives to hiring illegal squatters, with the cost of their wage being placed into the “grocery receipts column” without the ability to claim them as business expenses. He noted, “So it would take your ten-dollar-an-hour illegal and turn him into about a 16-dollar-an-hour illegal,” adding that employers would be “accruing a massive liability.”
One problem with his proposal that makes it a non-starter for many Americans is that it mandates cooperation between the IRS, Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. He said, “I require that the IRS set up a cooperating team with the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration so they’re comparing notes and working in the direction of cleaning up the illegal employment in America. That’s a step up from E-Verify.”
It’s also a step up towards big brother in the sense that every American would receive similar treatment, with a large, all encompassing database being created under the rule of law in the name of fighting illegals. It would be much less of an offense to the independence of the American people to simply tell IRS to disallow all of those deductions for any illegals found and offer the employers the tool of E-Verify to protect themselves. That eliminates the cost and the police state concerns.
Companies who hire illegals are easy to spot, with construction, meat processing, warehousing and farming being littered with them. If citizens knew that reporting illegal employment would actually result in an investigation, the IRS and ICE would both have more work than they can get to.
We’ve already seen the dangers of too much power under corrupt IRS leadership with John Koskinen, Hussein Obama and Lois Lerner. There’s no reason to give them more tools to use against the American citizens, particularly in combination with other, very powerful and potentially abusive agencies. What if Andrew McCabe had chosen to go to work at the IRS or DHS? What if we had another Rod Rosenstein or Jeff Sessions overseeing and covering up their abuse?
They can already target conservatives for audit and not target violators just as they did with the Lerner crimes. There’s nothing in it to prevent that from happening again and no reason to make them anymore omnipotent. While it may have been for the wrong reasons, GOP leadership got this one right, Rep King had a bad idea. He’s allowed.
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