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Senate panel votes against immigration crackdown

A Senate committee rejected a bill that would penalize employers who don’t use a federal computer database to verify workers’ immigration status and who end up hiring illegal immigrants.

After three hours of debate, mostly tilted against the measure, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 on March 8 against the proposal, which would have mandated that Idaho employers use a federal computer system known as E-Verify or otherwise face penalties for hiring workers unauthorized to work in the United States.

The measure, sponsored by Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, would have required Idaho companies with more than five employees to use E-Verify; impose license suspensions or revocations for “knowingly” employing illegal immigrants; and allow citizens and businesses to file complaints with the state attorney general’s office. Companies could also have state contracts canceled.

It also contained several controversial proposals, including one that would require the written portion of Idaho’s driving test to be conducted solely in English with no help from a translator.

Lawmakers heard from a range of business groups, who complained that the bill would impose the greatest burdens on smaller employers, establish an unequal system that punishes only businesses with licenses and hurt sectors like the dairy industry that rely on foreign-born labor but have no access to year-round guest worker programs.

They argued that only the fair solution for Idaho businesses would be reform at the federal level.

The committee was also scheduled to hear a separate immigration-related bill, which would penalize employers who hire people that use false documents. That hearing was delayed for another day.


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  1. Citizens voters have the absolute empowerment to remove from office all corrupt politicians, Governors, Mayors, Judges and others who have been pandering to the millions of illegal families that have settled in America. In the midterm election THE PEOPLE have an ultimate commitment and duty to identify those incumbents who have used their influence in supporting illegal foreign nationals. Incumbents Sen. Harry Reid should be first to thrown out, followed by majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi, then Sen Chuck Schumer who is recognized as another player to undermine the use of E-Verify, as he tries to substitute it with yet another enforcement tool. ITS ANY SLIMY METHOD TO CUT DOWN ON ENFORCEMENT. Sen. Lindsey Graham is in discussions with President Obama to drag the American people through another expensive AMNESTY. 15 million plus Americans are walking the streets looking for work, while the estimate that upwards of 8 million illegal aliens are–NOT–jobless. It is further evidence that the political classes are ignoring the strongly held views of a large section of the US electorate

    THIS IS THE PROGRESSIVE IDEOLOGY OF CORPORATE AND THE OPEN BORDER INSANENESS. MILLIONS OF CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS ARE VISIBLY LIVID AND ARE THREATENING TO IGNORE THE CENSUS COUNT, BECAUSE THE HAVE A NERVE TO ADJUDICATE ILLEGAL ALIENS AS WELL. WE SHOULD ALSO BE AWARE THAT ILLEGAL ALIENS, WILL VOTE IN THE COMING ELECTIONS FOR LEGISLATORS SUCH AS HARRY REID OF NEVADA, WHERE THERE STATE BUDGET IS ALSO COLLAPSING–AS IN MANY OTHER STATES, INCLUDING THE SANCTUARY STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

    Illegal immigration is an epidemic that is costing every state-county-city billions in government entitlements. This issue is like an old gramophone records that keeps repeating itself. Both political parties are to blame, because of their loyalty is to their parties and not to the American people. The money taxpayers spend on supporting welfare for the desperate of other countries, would pay for every Americans health care annually. Our government has lied to us continuously, but we can make an example of those who ignore the people’s interests. READ THE LATEST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NEWS AT NUMBERSUSA, THE CORRUPTION AT JUDICIAL WATCH. INFORM EVERY STATE POLITICIAN IN YOUR CONSTITUENCY. CALL THE WASHINGTON SWITCHBOARD AT 202-224-3121. INSURE THE YOUR POLITICIANS AID LOG IN YOUR ANGRY COMPLAINTS AND DON’T TAKE–NO–FOR AN ANSWER!

  2. It is Ironic that the committee deferred to the Fed on this issue, when the Legislature just indicated that the State should handle the Health Insurance issue as well as land issues in Idaho. It shows who really runs the Idaho Legislature, the rest of us (the majority) needs to keep watching our back pockets. Hopefully with redistricting the issues will be dealt with in the near future!