SB2040 Guts Mandatory E-Verify / Calls Needed to Support House HB7089 E-Verify Language

The E-Verify language and provisions in the current Florida Senate bill SB2040 are so grossly deficient the E-Verify language should be considered unacceptable by all Floridians. To honor his pledge to enact mandatory E-Verify Senate President Haridopolos should abandon SB2040 E-Verify language and lead the Senate toward adoption of the excellent E-Verify provisions of House bill HB7089.

Because E-Verify addresses the job magnet as the root cause of illegal immigration E-Verify is the best method to curtail illegal immigration now and in the future. The state of Florida has the obligation to protect legal workers and law-abiding businesses from the unfairness of illicit hiring of unauthorized workers. Importantly, E-Verify can be enforced by the State of Florida through the management of business licenses independently of the federal government.

With the help of legal experts FLIMEN has tediously examined both Senate Committee Bill SB2040 and House Committee Bill HB7089. FLIMEN strongly objects to the E-Verify provisions of SB2040 and strongly supports the E-Verify provisions of HB7089. After the bills proceed through committees the bills will be reconciled (negotiated) between the chambers prior to the May 6, 2011 Session end.

CALLS AND EMAILS ARE NEEDED TO SENATE PRESIDENT HARIDOPOLOS

    Thanks for your public statement supporting E-Verify but SB2040 E-Verify language is so grossly deficient that it is unacceptable.

    Please honor your pledge to enact mandatory E-Verify by adopting the E-Verify language of House bill HB7089.

1. CALL: SENATE PRESIDENT HARIDOPOLOS – (850) 487-5056

2. EMAIL:

    a. Open your email program for a new message.

    b. Copy and paste subject line:

    Please honor your pledge to enact mandatory E-Verify by adopting HB7089 E-Verify language.

    c. Copy and paste the message below or create one of your own into the body of the message:

      Dear Senate President Haridopolos:

      Thank you for your pledge to enact E-Verify for all businesses this session but the SB2040 employment eligibility verification language essentially is a scheme to make E-Verify voluntary which is the same situation as exists today.

      I view the role of all officials, including you, as having the responsibility to protect legal workers and law-abiding businesses from the unfairness of illicit hiring of unauthorized workers, but unfortunately SB2040 merely protects illegal aliens and illegal employers with the status quo.

      Florida must transition to a legal work force so please honor your E-Verify pledge by leading the Senate toward adoption of the E-Verify language of HB7089.

      Sincerely, Your Name

    d. Copy and paste email addresses into the To field:

    haridopolos.mike@flsenate.gov

March 30, 2011

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Second Senate Immigration Hearing

FAIR’s Jack Martin and FLIMEN’s David Caulkett and Jack Oliver testified at the second Senate Immigration Hearing on January 24, 2011 in Tallahassee. Mr. Martin presented the costs of illegal immigration to Florida. David Caulkett presented the priorities for Florida as; 1) E-Verify via SB518 Verification of Employment Eligibility Act and 2) aggressive and visible Identity Theft enforcement. Jack Oliver pressed the the point that the issue all about jobs and the economy.

The Senate Judiciary Committee took the unusal step of extending the hearing by one hour as early speakers took much longer than expected. Speakers included business leaders warning about impacts of laws that would hurt business. The most emotional testimony came from Florida Immigrant Coalition Maria del Rosario Rodriguez.

Needless to say FLIMEN’s testimony received scant coverage from the lame stream newspapers which focused on statements from the business leaders and Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Two worthwile articles came from the Sunshine State News as follows:

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/legal-illegal-blur-immigration-hearing:

    ‘Legal,’ ‘Illegal’ Blur at Immigration Hearing

    Without necessarily distinguishing between illegal and legal workers, the alliance hailed the “diversity” and “innovation” brought by immigrants. And the consensus was — even if illegal — foreign-born workers provide more to the state economy than they cost in social services.

    While the Chamber soft-pedaled the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants, Rodriguez passionately rejected the terminology altogether. “‘Illegal’ is the N-word of today,” she declared, contending that the U.S. workplace has devolved into an “apartheid system.”

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/e-verify-gains-support-will-it-stand-alone:

    E-Verify Gains Support; Will It Stand Alone?

    With Florida’s only immigration-enforcement law blocked by former Attorney General Bill McCollum, state lawmakers are warming to the E-Verify employee-screening program.

January 28, 2010

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The answer to the mystery of FS 448.09 is …..

The story starts 11 years ago when Florida enacted an immigration enforcement law to prohibit the hiring of illegal aliens within the state.   Hint: the statute imposes $500 civil fines for a first offense and levies a second-degree misdemeanor for a second offense.
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While there was some initial activity with FS 448.09, the law lingered unused until…..
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in 2007 along comes Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen who attempted to use the law but was advised not to do so in an informal ruling from then Attorney General McCollum.  Then….
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in about 2008 FLIMEN became aware of FS 448.09.  FLIMEN Legislative Director Jack Oliver called Sheriff McKeithen who provided McCollum’s ruling to FLIMEN.  FLIMEN concurred with McCollum’s ruling that the law is unenforceable and then …
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in 2010 FLIMEN advised Representative Gayle ‘Champion of Citizens’ Harrell that the state should consider removing the unused and unenforceable statute.  Representative Harrell initiated the removal process which…..
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caused Florida Department of Law Enforcement General Counsel Michael Ramage during the second Florida Senate Immigration on January 24, 2011 to testify at great length as to the history and to speculate as to why the law has not been enforced.  However, Mr. Ramage failed to mention Attorney General McCollum’s 2007 ruling.  His testimony…
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received rather wide-spread coverage from the lame stream newspapers with the Miami Herald relaying the speculation as to why the law was not enforced as; ‘”There’s probably little time and little resources for law enforcement to proactively go and scope out employers and see if they’re in violation of this law,” Ramage speculated.’   Finally….
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Sunshine State News reporter Kenric Ward spread some sunshine as to the real reason why since 2007 the law has not been enforced.  The answer is at:

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/mccollum-shut-down-immigration-raids

as well as at http://www.FLIMEN.org/FloridaStatute448-09.htm which has been posted for several years.

January 28, 2011

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Florida Immigration Law 448.09

It was revealed at the second Florida Senate Immigration Hearing on January 24, 2011 that Florida law FS 448.09 that has not been enforced for about 12 years.

For details on why Florida Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen could not enforce the law see:

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/mccollum-shut-down-immigration-raids

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Please support the SB518 Verification of Employment Eligibility Act

Floridians  for  Immigration  Enforcement  Alert

www.FLIMEN.org

Please support the SB518 Verification of Employment Eligibility Act

Florida and our nation are at a critical juncture and your support is desperately needed. 

Because our federal government has failed to enforce immigration laws for decades, it is time for Florida to step up to protect Florida’s jobs, students, minorities, businesses, hospitals, cities, counties and citizens from the continued degradation by the current estimated 725,000 illegal alien population and by the endless inflow of those who disrespect our laws and borders.

The SB518 Verification of Employment Eligibility Act is an effective, moderate and common sense solution to address the root cause of illegal immigration – THE JOB MAGNET.  The bill mandates that all employers in Florida use E-Verify to verify the legal status of new hires.  While Governor Scott’s Executive Order to mandate that all new state employees as well as new hires for state contractors be verified, SB518 expands the scope to include all businesses operating within the state.  

The SB518 Verification of Employment Eligibility Act was previously referred to as the Florida Citizens Employment Protection Act and is posted at:

http://www.flsenate.gov/public/GetFile.cfm?File=JAMjy2OdJ%2B7iEFha5gEjrWSFMKo%3D%7C7%2FPublic%2FBills%2F0500%2D0599%2F0518%2F%5Fs0518%5F%5F%2EPDF:

S518 GENERAL BILL by Hays

Verification of Employment Eligibility; Requires every employer to use the Employment Authorization Program to verify the employment eligibility of each employee on or after a specified date. Prohibits an employer from employing an unauthorized alien. Requires every public employer to register with and participate in the E-Verify system for specified purposes. Provides guidelines for interpretation of the provisions of the act, etc. EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2011

Through the pro-enforcement principal of  ‘Attrition by Enforcement’ when jobs are not available they will self-deport to their home country or flee to another state.  The tremendous benefit of E-Verify is that it will apply over time not only to the existing unlawful population but will serve as a preventative measure and deterrent to future unlawful entrants.  E-Verify is non-discriminatory as all new hires must be verified.

While E-Verify is highly accurate, the system can be circumvented by fraudulent documents.  As Florida ranks 6th in the nation for identity theft,  FLIMEN is calling upon the state to launch an aggressive and visible campaign against identity theft under existing Florida statute.

Even though many elected officials campaigned for immigration enforcement that does not mean, no surprise here, that they will keep their promise.  FLIMEN has knowledge of numerous ‘red flags’ that they will ‘push-back’ on immigration enforcement during the upcoming Legislative Session.  The Florida Legislature has blocked 29 immigration enforcement bills over the last three years so we must not let the SB518 Verification of Employment Eligibility Act become number 30!


URGENT! 
          IMPORTANT!

 REMIND  SPEAKER CANNON  AND SENATE  PRESIDENT HARIDOPOLOS THAT THE CITIZENS OF FLORIDA  HIRED THEM FOR A JOB AND WE EXPECT THEM TO PROTECT OUR JOBS!

 PLEASE CALL AND EMAIL EN MASS  MONDAY-FRIDAY, JANUARY 24-28, 2011, REQUESTING THEIR SUPPORT OF THE SB518 VERIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT ELIGILIBILITY ACT:

 1.  CALL:

 SENATE PRESIDENT HARIDOPOLOS – (850) 487-5056

 HOUSE SPEAKER CANNON – (850) 488-2742

 2.  EMAIL:

 a.    Open your email program for a new message.

 b.      Copy and paste subject line: Please support the SB518 Verification of Employment Eligibility Act

 c.    Copy and paste the message below or create one of your own into the body of the message:

 Dear Senate President Haridopolos and House Speaker Cannon:

 You both have pledged to make creating jobs for Floridians your number one priority. Without mandatory E-Verify for all employers there is no assurance that any job you create will go to the legal workers of Florida. Unemployed Floridians should not have to compete with illegal aliens for jobs. Please make enactment of the SB518 Verification of Employment Eligibility Act a top priority and put Floridians back to work, not illegal aliens!

 Sincerely, Your Name

 d.    Copy and paste email addresses into the To field:

 dean.cannon@myfloridahouse.gov
haridopolos.mike.web@flsenate.gov

  January 23, 2011

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