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Senate Gets Blindsided On E-Verify

By Greg L | 24 February 2011 | Illegal Aliens, Virginia Senate | 9 Comments

UPDATE 2: Senate rejected House Amendments 29-10.  Vote details will be up shortly.

Senator Barker’s weak SB 1049 was successfully amended by Delegate Jackson Miller today to include provisions the Senate previously hid from by not bringing the bills up in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  Now the bill goes to the Senate floor, where if it is scheduled for a vote, will be the first time the Senate will take a public vote on any initiative to reduce the number of illegal aliens unlawfully employed in at least the past four years.

Contact your Senators now and tell them you want SB 1049 scheduled for a vote and you expect them to vote for it.  The business lobby that tries to protect employers who use cheap illegal alien labor while lawful Virginians are unemployed only has about 24 hours to try to beat this back.  You have 24 hours to finally get an opportunity to see the Commonwealth do anything meaningful to address the illegal alien problem in the Commonwealth!

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  1. Josh said on 24 Feb 2011 at 3:14 pm:
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    Way to go Jackson!

  2. Robert L. Duecaster said on 24 Feb 2011 at 4:28 pm:
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    It will be very interesting to see how Colgan votes on this.

  3. Gone said on 24 Feb 2011 at 4:47 pm:
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    We need e-verify. Lead story today in Raleigh, N.C.:


    Richmond, Va. — A Raleigh man oversaw a multi-state operation that supplied phony Social Security cards and other documents to illegal immigrants and funneled the profits back to Mexico, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday in Richmond.

    Israel Cruz Millan, 28, placed managers in cities in 11 states, from Massachusetts to Arkansas, who then oversaw groups of “runners” who drummed up business for the operation and arranged transactions with customers, according to the indictment.

    The cost of fraudulent documents varied on the location, with counterfeit green cards and Social Security cards typically selling for $150 to $200. Each local cell maintained detailed sales records and divided the proceeds between the runner, the manager and upper-level managers in Mexico.

    The indictment states that members of the organization wired more than $1 million to Mexico between January 2008 and last November 2010.

    Cruz Millan, who also is known as “El Muerto,” used violence to intimidate competitors and control the fake documents trade in various cities, according to the indictment.

    On Oct. 29, for example, he used a teleconference to broadcast the beating of a runner in Raleigh who he thought had stolen money and fake Social Security cards from the operation, according to the indictment.

    “During the call, the listeners could hear sounds of the victim screaming as a result of the beating,” the indictment states.

    In other cities, runners would pose as customers for competing organizations and then assault the people who tried to sell them fake documents, according to the indictment. In Little Rock, Ark., one competitor was killed in such an attack.

    The indictment charges 22 people with racketeering. They also face charges of conspiracy to produce and transfer false identification documents and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

    “The indictment portrays a deadly criminal organization that uses brutal violence to eliminate rivals, protect its turf and enforce discipline against its own members,” U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said in a statement.

    “Fraudulent documents give people the appearance of lawful status and provide them a ticket to access and opportunities to which they are not entitled,” John Morton, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement.

    Dorian Sanchez-Acosta ran the ring’s Raleigh operation from a home on White Hall Avenue, according to the indictment. Gabriel Soberanas-Grada ran the Greensboro operation, and Juan Arroyo-Pantoja ran the Wilmington operation, the indictment states.

  4. Citizenofmanassas said on 24 Feb 2011 at 5:52 pm:
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    It figures. I guess those who voted against the bill really do enjoy reading about children being raped and adults being killed by illegals.

  5. Anonymous said on 24 Feb 2011 at 6:30 pm:
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    Wow Greg I see that you finally get it that it is buiseness that wants to keep our employment laws weak and not the bleeding heart liberals. I mean, come one, Virginia IS a republican state.

    Thanks for finally seeing the light on this one.

    You would eliminate 80% of construction workers if you have to prove you are in the country legaly in order to be a class C contractor. You can here the drywall and concrete screaming now on that one.

  6. Maureen said on 24 Feb 2011 at 7:20 pm:
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    with more than an average of 50 employees for the previous 12 months


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    in excess of $50,000


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    newly hired

  7. Maureen said on 24 Feb 2011 at 7:24 pm:
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    Here are the votes
    2011 SESSION
    | print version
    SB 1049 E-Verify Program, federal; public contractors to register.
    log in | tally sheet
    floor: 02/24/11  Senate: House amendments rejected by Senate (10-Y 29-N)
    YEAS–Martin, McDougle, Miller, Y.B., Newman, Obenshain, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Vogel, Wagner–10.

    NAYS–Barker, Colgan, Deeds, Edwards, Hanger, Herring, Houck, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, Marsh, McEachin, McWaters, Miller, J.C., Norment, Northam, Petersen, Puckett, Puller, Quayle, Reynolds, Saslaw, Stosch, Stuart, Ticer, Wampler, Watkins, Whipple–29.

    RULE 36–0.

    NOT VOTING–Blevins–1.

  8. Citizenofmanassas said on 24 Feb 2011 at 9:28 pm:
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    It’s not just turn coat Republicans. It’s the bleeding heart libs too. Or, do you not count Unions, the vast majority of liberals in Congress, etc.

  9. Maureen said on 24 Feb 2011 at 9:43 pm:
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    Please thank Delegate Miller for making the amendment’s to SB1049. The bill now goes to a conference committee to see if they can work out the differences between the Senate version of the bill and the House version.

    This committee will decide what happens to this bill. It will either die in the conference committee or go to the Governor with some or all of the amendments to be signed.

    The elected officials that are on the committee are listed below. Please contact them to ask them to support the House version of SB 1049.

    I know Delegate Albo and Delegate Miller will support SB 1049 with Jackson’s amendments. I do not know how the others will vote.

    Senator Barker has put in E-Verify bills before so he needs to be reminded that if he doesn’t vote for the bill with the amendment’s we know he has played us for a fool for 4 years.

    McWaters E-Verify bill was rolled into SB 1049 so he should support Jackson’s version also.

    All these committee members are up for re-election in November.

    Senator George L. Barker
    Email*: district39@senate.virginia.gov
    Phone: (804) 698-7539
    Fax: (804) 698-7651
    Legislative Assistant: Sean Holihan

    Senator Jeffrey L. McWaters
    Email*: district08@senate.virginia.gov
    Phone: (804) 698-7508
    Fax: (804) 698-7651
    Legislative Assistant: Cheryl Simmons

    Senator Chap Petersen
    Email*: district34@senate.virginia.gov
    Phone: (804) 698-7534
    Fax: (804) 698-7651
    Legislative Assistant: Kathy Neilson

    Delegate David B. Albo
    Email: DelDAlbo@house.virginia.gov
    Phone: (804) 698-1042
    Fax: (804) 698-6742
    Legislative Assistant: Suzanne Rowley

    Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan
    Email: DelJMcClellan@house.virginia.gov
    Phone: (804) 698-1071
    Fax: (804) 698-6771
    Legislative Assistant: Beth M. McAdam

    Delegate Jackson H. Miller
    Email: DelJMiller@house.virginia.gov
    Phone: (804) 698-1050
    Fax: (804) 698-6750
    Legislative Assistant: Jessica Melander

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