Senator Colgan’s SB 90 moved to the Senate Courts of Justice Special Subcommittee on Immigration today where it faces an uphill battle to survive given that Dick Saslaw heads this subcomittee. SB 90 would to require that all Virginia employers participate in the federal E-Verify program, making it tremendously more difficult for illegal aliens to unlawfully obtain employment using fraudulent documents.
This subcommittee has the following members:
- Dick Saslaw (Chairman), who has pledged that no bills dealing with the illegal alien problem will pass this session (phone (804) 698-7535),
- Louise Lucas, a Democrat from Portsmouth, and a possible swing vote (phone (804) 698-7518),
- Fred Quayle, a Republican from Suffolk who would likely support HB 90 (phone (804) 698-7513), and
- John Edwards, a Democrat from Roanoke who is a possible swing vote here (phone: (804) 698-7521)
The only way this excellent bill is going to survive this committee is if Virginians reach out to these elected officials and make them aware of how important this legislative reform is. Save The Old Dominion has an easy way you can contact these Senators using their “Take Action Page“, and readers would be well advised to start calling these Senators as well.
The best opportunity for E-Verify to happen in Virginia is with this bill, since Saslaw is less likely to kill a bill offered by his Democratic colleague Chuck Colgan than he would a similar measure that came from the House of Delegates, especially if Senator Colgan pushes for this to pass. Contacting Senator Colgan and offering your support while urging him to fight for this would probably help a lot too. His phone number is (804) 698-7529 and you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the sample email that Save The Old Dominion is making available through it’s email system:
As one of the four members of the Special Subcommittee on Immigration in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee you will play an important role in determining whether Senator Colgan’s SB 90 gets a full hearing on it’s merits in the Senate. I urge you to pass this in subcommittee and ensure this important legislative reform receives the careful consideration it truly deserves.
This bill would require that Virginia employers screen prospective employees using the free E-Verify system operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It ensures that the identification documents presented by an employee are actually valid, and protects businesses from false charges of employment discrimination. Most importantly, this is one of the most effective methods of reducing the incidence of identity theft.
Imagine your child not getting a student loan or financial aid because an illegal alien appropriated his or her Social Security Number in order to fraudulently obtain employment. The reported earnings from this fraud can deny your child financial aid, and derogatory credit information can make getting a student loan an absolute nightmare, since that bad credit history may be the only credit history your child has. Too many students learn they are the victims of this crime only when they try to enroll in college, and end up not being able to enroll. Utah performed a study of this issue and found thousands of children who have been the victims of this nefarious scheme.
Arizona and Oklahoma have done what Senator Colgan is proposing, and none of the dire impacts the business lobby would have you believe are inevitable have come to pass. Instead, this one measure has largely restored a level playing field for businesses, raised the incomes of tradesmen and low skilled workers who no longer have to compete with illegal aliens for jobs, and significantly curtailed identity theft. About the only negative impact observed, if you can characterize it as that, is that companies who depended on cheap illegal alien labor are having a harder time.
It is worth noting that Alfredo Ramos, the illegal alien who killed Allison Kunhardt and Tessa Tranchant in Virginia Beach last year, was one of those illegal aliens who had committed identity theft so that he could earn an income unlawfully in the United States. Had employers been using the E-Verify system at the time, Ramos wouldn’t have been able to get a job, would have not remained in Virginia, and those two girls would be alive today.
Please let me know what you intend to do when this bill comes up.
This is one of the most significant reforms proposed this session. If there’s anything worth fighting for this session, this is it.
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