Governor McDonnell issued an executive order to have state agencies participate in the federal E-Verify system by June 1st rather than have them wait for the December 2012 deadline demanded by the Senate of Virginia. At least in the case of state agencies, new publicly-funded jobs will go to legal workers rather than illegal aliens who can produce fraudulent documentation. As for the illegal aliens already on the state payroll, well, no word yet about when they’re going to be replaced with legal workers. E-Verify is only used with new hires.
Unemployed Americans who might want to work for localities or for state and local companies who contract with public agencies are going to have to wait until the Senate’s mandated delay that corresponds roughly with the Mayan calendar’s prediction for the end of the world, however. Word is that Dick Saslaw figured if some Mayan sun god was going to smother the earth in a huge cataclysm anyways, it wouldn’t matter whether illegal aliens could get taxpayer-funded jobs or not.
So if American workers aren’t torched by the Mesoamerican deities that did such a bang-up job protecting their worshippers a few hundred years ago, or starve to death waiting for a job to become available to a legal worker at the end of 2012, they might get a far shake at swinging a job in the construction industry or broad swaths of the service industry where it’s not English proficiency that’s a requirement, but Spanish. Just hold on another 20 months, and finally the Senate of Virginia will do a little something to protect your ability to find work.
Yes, it’s about all on this front that Bob McDonnell has the authority to do, but to see taxpayer dollars continue to fund paychecks for illegal aliens while Americans are out of work is enraging. We should be discussing workplace enforcement inspections and jail for employers that knowingly hire illegal aliens. Instead, we’re stuck on whether local governments are going to have to ensure they hire legal workers, as if there’s any reason why such matters should need discussion.
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell officially ordered today that all executive branch state agencies implement the E-Verify system to verify employment eligibility based upon immigration status for all new hires by June 1, 2011, a full 18 months ahead of the legislated deadline of Dec. 1, 2012.
The 2010 General Assembly passed legislation (HB737) requiring all state agencies to use E-Verify, an Internet-based system that allows an employer to determine the eligibility of an employee to work in the United States. The E-Verify system is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration.
“Federal law rightly requires that companies and governments only employ individuals who may legally work in this country — either U.S. citizens or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization.” Governor McDonnell said. “My administration has focused on enforcing the nation’s immigration laws to ensure that all of those working in Virginia’s public and private sectors are legally eligible to do so. The General Assembly passed legislation last year instructing our state agencies to use this federal resource to check employment eligibility based upon immigration status, and I felt strongly that we should implement this policy as quickly as possible. By working closely with our state agencies and the Department of Human Resource Management, we have accelerated this change to begin a year and a half earlier than we had anticipated. We must consistently and correctly enforce the laws of this nation; our country is based on the rule of law. E-Verify will ensure that every state job is held by a legally authorized worker.”
E-Verify supplements procedures in place in the Commonwealth since November 1986 to ensure that state agencies are maintaining a legal workforce. Since Sept. 8, 2009, those state agencies receiving federal contracts requiring the use of E-Verify have been using the system.
“Virginia employs more than 100,000 people, so it is incumbent upon us to remain vigilant in ensuring the legal status of all who are on our payroll,” said Lisa Hicks-Thomas, secretary of administration. “Virginia’s state agencies will lead by example as we strive to have all Virginia companies participate in this free, easy-to-use program that ensures Virginia’s workers are legally eligible for jobs in the U.S.”
Nationwide, more than 238,000 employers are enrolled in the program, with over 16 million queries run through the system in fiscal year 2010.
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