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An overwhelming amount of Iowa voters support legislation requiring use of E-Verify in the Hawkeye State. The bill passed the Iowa Senate but died in the Iowa House — despite Republicans holding a 64-36 advantage.

According to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey, 73 percent of likely Iowa voters believe the state should require all employers use the system to ensure only legal workers are hired. Just 14 percent oppose the idea.

Eighty-nine percent of Republicans, 74 percent of unaffiliated voters and 51 percent of Democrats support the effort.

“This E-Verify bill would deter the record-breaking numbers of illegal aliens crossing the southern border from settling in Iowa,” said James Massa, CEO of NumbersUSA. “By shutting off the jobs magnet that draws migrants to seek illegal employment, this bill would protect Iowa’s hard-working citizens and legal immigrants.”

Nationally, 69 percent of voters support requiring E-Verify.

“E-Verify is incredibly easy to use, and thousands of Iowa businesses have already enrolled voluntarily,” said Massa. “Employers simply log in to the online portal and input a few pieces of information from a newly hired employee’s I-9 form, which they’re already required to collect by federal law. The entire system is highly accurate – and clears more than 98% of hires to work either instantly or within 24 hours.”

The survey included 925 Iowa likely voters.


  1. How? How does something like this die in the house? I’m extremely fed up with the Republicans in this state.


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