E-Verify Bill Faces Tortuous Path Through Florida House Committees


The House bill to require Florida employers to use E-Verify in screening new employees' legal status faces a tough vetting process itself.

HB 691, authored by Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Port St. Lucie, has been assigned to go through four committees in eight weeks.

"It is not impossible, but all it takes is one committee chair to delay hearing the bill and it will run out of time. It appears three of the four are not going to be friendly," said George Fuller, a member of Floridians for Immigration Enforcement, which endorses the measure.

With the exception of Rep. Seth McKeel, the other three chairmen could be less than receptive to HB 691.

Rep. Denise Grimsley is a citrus grower, and agricultural interests have steadfastly opposed any immigration-control legislation.

Rep. Jimmy Patronis is a restaurant owner, and that industry has been equally resistant to tougher work force laws.

Rep. Esteban Bovo joined Democrats and 10 other Republicans last year to kill a bill that would have eliminated "Sanctuary Cities" (i.e., havens for illegal aliens).
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GOODOLEUSA
12:24PM FEB 26TH 2011
Deport all Illegal Immigrants/Anchor Babies now!

Do Not Hire Illegals
Report all Employers that hire Illegals

Illegal Immigrants/Anchor Babies are bankrupting hospitals, stealing jobs and free education, illegally receiving Citizens tax dollars in Food Stamps, Welfare, Medicaid/Medicare, VPK, YES even child support.

Do not allow corrupt Politicians/Government to spend Citizens Taxes on Illegal Immigration.

Responsible Tax Spending!
Lauren
2:13PM MAR 3RD 2011
Agreed. ICE: 1-866-347-2423 also, go to www.wehirealiens.com You can report employers and illegals anonymously and this patriotic website will forward the info to ICE, SSA and the FBI! They've been instrumental in arranging many raids and huge fines for companies like McDonalds and others.

VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS -- ASK COMPANIES YOU PATRONIZE IF THEY USE E-VERIFY. IF THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS, EDUCATE THEM. MOST WILL PLAY DUMB -- TELL THEM YOU DON'T PATRONIZE BUSINESSES WHO DO NOT USE E-VERIFY! CONSUMERS HAVE A LOT OF POWER IF THEY USE IT APPROPRIATELY! IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!
nomoillegals
9:49AM FEB 26TH 2011
These stinking corrupt politicians should be in jail right next to the job killing illegal aliens they're protecting! All they seem to care about is staying in office, collecting handouts from the Ag., Hospitality and Construction industry in exchange for a never ending flow of cheap labor. It is ILLEGAL TO HIRE illegal aliens so the ONLY reason NOT to pass these enforcement laws is to protect their own interests. Grimsley and Patronis CLEARLY have a conflict of interest and should be kicked out of office at the very least and don't even get me started on the absurdity of protecting "sanctuary cities" which is tantamount to aiding and abetting! And finally, if there is ONE Hispanic politician that has ever voted for any law to protect legal citizens over illegal aliens I would like to know their name so I can thank them. I only hope I live so long. Florida is on the same path as California and this time the Republicans have no one to blame but themselves.

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