Altman represents District 52 in the Florida House
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida State Representative Thad Altman filed legislation on Tuesday to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants in the State of Florida.
HB 89 will require all private employers, public employers and state contractors to enroll in E-Verify and to ensure that all new hires are eligible to work in the United States.
“Citizens and residents who abide by the law are having the opportunity to work taken away from them,” said Representative Altman.
“Hiring illegal immigrants gives some businesses a clear advantage with cheap labor, but a lot of businesses want to do this right. This is a real problem, and we have to fix it.”
Other provisions in HB 89 include creating a complaint process overseen by the Department of Economic Opportunity for any employer suspected of hiring an illegal immigrant, providing penalties for the hiring of an illegal immigrant and requiring the notification of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement, and providing parameters for civil liability and immunity for employers who comply with the law.
“We are sending a clear message that if you want to do business in this state, you must employ legal U.S. citizens and residents,” said Altman.
E-Verify is an electronic database maintained by the Federal Government which allows enrolled employers to check the work eligibility of new hires by cross-referencing records within the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security.
Under Federal Law, it is generally illegal to knowingly hire an illegal immigrant, however, enrollment in and the use of E-Verify is not required for all businesses.
Altman represents District 52 in the Florida House, which includes parts of Melbourne, Viera and the South Beaches in Brevard County.
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