New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie argued for making “the penalty for any employer who employs someone who is here illegally, twice the amount of money they made off of that employee” on Wednesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
Christie was asked what he would do after securing the border, he said, [relevant exchange begins around 2:45] “E-Verify, Sean, is the enormous thing, not only to secure the borders, but also to deal with the problems we have here, and a biometrics system on visas, to make sure that people do not overstay their visas. 40% of the folks who are here illegally overstayed their visas. I think you work on both of those programs. You deal with the large bulk of the problem that we have here in the United States already.”
When asked about illegal immigrant already in the country, Christie responded, “That’s how you deal with the 11 million, Sean, if you can’t — if those folks can’t get jobs, they’re not staying. That’s the bottom line. And that’s why you use E-Verify and you make the penalty for any employer who employs someone who is here illegally, twice the amount of money they made off of that employee. That would get business’ attention, and get them to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.”
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