Republican senators Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton will introduce legislation aimed at raising the minimum wage while addressing concerns about illegal immigrants taking American jobs.
In tweets posted Tuesday by both Romney (R-Ut.) and Cotton (R-Ark.), the senators revealed their plans to put forward a bill “that would increase the minimum wage while ensuring businesses cannot hire illegal immigrants. We must protect American workers.”
“Congress hasn’t raised the minimum wage in more than a decade, leaving many Americans behind,” Romney tweeted. “Our proposal gradually raises the minimum wage without costing jobs, setting it to increase automatically with inflation, and requires employers to verify the legal status of workers.”
“Today, Americans have to compete against millions of illegal immigrants who take illegally low wages under the table,” Cotton argued in a tweet on his account, “We can fix this by requiring employers to verify the legal status of every worker so they can’t undercut Americans on the black market.”