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FLIMEN has worked for manatory E-Verify in Florida for over a decade, without success, because;
See www.FloridiansForE-VerifyNow.org for a wealth of relevant information.
Florida House and Senate leadership has made it clear they will not stop illegal hiring in Florida.
Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN.org) has worked for a decade now to have the Florida State Legislature address Florida's Illegal Immigration crisis by enacting immigration enforcement legislation. To date Republican leadership has blocked over thirty immigration bills meant to protect Floridians from the negative effects of illegal immigration. The Legislature has passed pro illegal alien In-State Tuition and legislation to allow illegal aliens to practice law in Florida. Click here for the full story.
Outrageously Bad News
E-Verify for Florida Goes Down in CRC Flames
Continuing a long-standing tradition of squashing E-Verify, the Shamber of Commerce orchestrated another death march for E-Verify in Florida. E-Verify Proposal 29 went down in flames, 12-24, at the Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) meeting on April 16, 2018.
Floridians for Immigration Enforcement has unsuccessfully fought for the E-Verify employment eligibility verification system in Florida for over 10 years and every attempt has been killed, typically in the Florida Senate. In recent years Floridians for E-Verify Now has worked tirelessly on the issue.
While the Chamber of Commerce (AKA Shamber of Commerce) lead the lobbying effort they had ample support from agricultural interests, ACLU, construction interests and others.
While E-Verify started out very popular in the CRC process opposition grew as Chamber of Commerce lobbyists visited the Commissioners. Votes were 6-0, 19-13, and lastly 12-24.
The Chamber of Commerce launched an effective misinformation campaign. The Chamber states that their organization supports E-Verify at the national level but not the state level. They oppose E-Verify in Florida, or any state, because that would result in a patchwork of laws unfriendly to business. The truthful information is that any employer who signs up for E-Verify may use E-Verify in any state. So where's the patchwork? None, it's just another manufactured argument.
Further, the Chamber spread dire statements of high costs and devastating negative effects which have NOT shown up in the seven E-Verify states surrounding Florida (LA, MS, TN, AL, GA, SC, and NC).
There are a myriad of other essentially manufactured arguments against E-Verify including inaccuracy, new mandate on employers, racist, costly, shortage of Ag workers, and many more. Over a period of years the objections against E-Verify have been comprehensively refuted to no avail.The reason as most already know is that the draw of cheap labor easily overwhelms and can easily out lobby public interest.
Two prominent Florida Republicans voted against E-Verify. Do you remember Carlos Beruf the candidate who widely touted and heavily advertised his pro-enforcement immigration stand during his 2016 Senatorial campaign. Yes, that Carlos Beruf voted against E-Verify. Florida's esteemed Attorney General Pam Bondi, the one often on TV touting the rule of law, voted against E-Verify. To further their hypocrisy, as well as their loyalty to the Chamber over Florida workers, both Beruf and Bondi voted to put Greyhound Racing Ban and Indoor Vaping Ban on the ballot for voters to choose. Wow, let's hope their hypocrisy becomes a stain on their political careers just like AMNESTY has and will remain Rubio's albatross forever.Here are the final voting results;
Thanks to the masses of Floridians who helped get E-Verify as far as the final CRC step. It's just sad that after 12 years of effort that powerful moneyed factions still condone illegal hiring at the huge detriment of Florida's citizens.
July 29, 2018
E-VERIFY MUST BE ENACTED!
E-Verify is about protecting the jobs of legal workers, so there are really only two sides to this issue. Elected officials support the hiring of illegal aliens or the hiring of fellow citizens. Many Floridians and their families are hurting. They have lost their jobs, they have lost their health insurance, and they have lost their homes. At the end of the day, if elected officials are unwilling to protect our jobs, then maybe it's time that those elected officials lost their jobs.
Jack Oliver, FLIMEN Legislative Director
1. E-Verify is a highly successful federal program where employers are required to confirm the legal status of new hires.
2. E-Verify effectively addresses the main enabler of illegal immigration -- The Job Magnet.
3. E-Verify has been successfully utilized in about 17 states, many municipalities and more than 238,000 employers who voluntarily enrolled.
4. E-Verify is highly accurate at 98.3%.
5. E-Verify is totally non-discriminatory as all new hires are verified.
6. E-Verify applies the pro-enforcement principal of 'Attrition by Enforcement' which means illegal aliens will self-deport when they cannot hold jobs here. It is also a deterrent to potential illegal entrants seeking jobs.
7. E-Verify covers only new hires which allows employers to phase into legality without drastic upheaval to the employer or industry.
8. E-Verify has improved significantly and will continue to be improved.
9. E-Verify is a modern on-line extension of the I-9 system that has, since 1986, required employers to verify employment eligibility.
10. The legality of E-Verify was affirmed when the US Supreme Court on May 26, 2011 ruled in favor of the Arizona E-Verify law:
E-Verify Information Links:
Controlling Illegal Immigration: What Ohio and Every Other State Can Do (Heritage)
E-Verify Demonstration Video (USCIS)
E-Verify Statistics and Reports (USCIS)
E-Verify Works (Nationalreview)
E-Verify: Challenges & Opportunities (Heritage)
Take a look at an important document describing the social principles and counter arguments to E-Verify at:
On July 13, 2014 the Center for Immigration Studies (www.cis.org) released the report Who Got the Jobs in Florida?
Florida ranked high in growth 2000-2014, but most employment gains went to immigrants (legal and illegal).
Here are a few highlights of the report:
To read the full report go to www.flimen.org/articles/floridajobsimmigrants.pdf
Do you remember the two cornerstones of Rick Scott’s 2010 campaign? Illegal Immigration and Jobs.
Rick Scott promised to get tough on illegal aliens by enacting an Arizona type immigration law that included mandatory E-Verify for all new hires in Florida. He also pledged to create 700,000 new jobs above projected normal job growth. This was the 7-7-7 plan.
Florida now ranks third in the country on the number of illegal aliens. So make no mistake, these dire job numbers would have looked much better for Florida citizens had Governor Scott kept his promise to enact mandatory E-Verify.
America is now facing a crisis at the border with the current surge of unaccompanied minors’ illegally entering the country to be reunited with family members that previously entered the country illegally. Many of these children will be resettling in Florida unless we take action now.