PICKENS GOP Regarding E-Verify
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Sean Hannity reported yesterday that E-verify is in danger of not being reauthorized. E-verify is a web based employee verification system provided free of charge to employers. It’s a very reliable (96.1 percent) verification system for ensuring illegal workers are identified. It uses the Social Security Administration database and is maintained by the U.S. Homeland Security Department.
South Carolina law requires that public works employers use E-verify to ensure workers on taxpayer funded projects are legal.
The Democrat led U.S. Senate has thus far failed to re-authorize funding for E-verify and it appears there may not be a workable compromise near term. Therefore, E-verify will sunset later this year, leaving the door open for contractors to hire illegal workers for stimulus funded construction projects.
South Carolina will receive billions in federal stimulus funds for public works projects.
Since it’s unlikely the U.S. Senate will act, I urge you to contact South Carolina lawmakers and request they amend S.C. law to require some other form of worker verification if E-verify expires. We may not be able to use state law to prevent stimulus dollars from stimulating illegal workers, but we ought to try.
This amendment needs to be done this year before stimulus projects commence. If it requires a special session, then that’s what needs to happen.
Please contact elected officials and ask them to stop the use of illegal workers on South Carolina stimulus projects.