E-Verify – Two Governor’s Perspectives
By: Dave Fowler
Two new governors followed through on campaign
promises regarding E-Verify with opposite actions.
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an executive
order minutes after being sworn in that requires all state agencies to use E-Verify.
Florida joins a list of 13 other states that have mandatory E-Verify laws or executive
orders in place.
Order No. 11-02 requires
state agencies to use the E-Verify system verify employment eligibility of state employees
state agencies under the direction of the Governor must use E-Verify system to check
employment eligibility of their current and prospective employees.
state agencies under the direction of the Governor to include in all state contracts
a requirement that contractors utilize the E-Verify system to verify the employment
persons employed during the contract term by the contractor to perform employment
duties within Florida; and
persons (including subcontractors) assigned by the contractor to perform work pursuant
to the contract with the state agency.
Executive Order 11-02 cites the reasons for
the order as the Federal law requires employers to employ only individuals eligible
to work in the U.S.; and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify system
allows employers to verify employee eligibility in an efficient and cost-effective
Less than 24 hours after his swearing-in
as Rhode Island’s 58th Governor, Lincoln D. Chafee today fulfilled a fundamental promise
of his campaign in signing a repeal
of the so-called Executive Order on E-Verify, which former Governor Donald L.
Carcieri signed into law in March 2008. Governor Chafee also directed the Rhode Island
State Police (RISP) to withdraw from its memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Immigration
& Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal immigration enforcement body. RISP Superintendent
Col. Brendan P. Doherty has agreed to support and uphold the Governor’s directive.
repeal of all parts of the Executive Order on E-Verify will effectively turn the clock
back to March 26, 2007, the day before then-Governor Carcieri signed it into law,”
Chafee said. “This re-set will allow us to engage in a comprehensive dialogue with
our immigrant communities, law enforcement agencies, and all interested parties. This
is an opportunity to reach a consensus on how best to enforce the law.”
Order 11-02 Governor Chafee cites
the reasons for repealing Executive Order 08-01 (the “Illegal Immigration Control
Order”) that mandated E-Verify as not effectively addressing the state’s fiscal or
unemployment problems; and the order has been an agent of divisiveness, incivility,
and distrust among the state’s citizens.
Governor Chafee signed the Executive
Order before an audience of more than 150 at Providence’s International Institute,
a non-profit institution that provides educational, legal, and social services to
immigrants and refugees throughout Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Lieutenant
Governor Elizabeth H. Roberts and Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis were among the
now reports that 0.3% of verifications show false negatives (employees confirmed
as work authorized after E-Verify initially reported a mismatch between the employee’s
information on Form I-9 and the government’s databases) and 97.4% of employees are
automatically confirmed work authorized.
What would life be like if all Federal government
programs were this effective and improving?
Happy New Year!
This weblog is sponsored by TALX.
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