E-Verify and Rhode Island’s General Officers
Anchor Rising asked all of Rhode Island’s General Officers, other than the Governor, their stance on e-verify.
Governor Carcieri – Supports
Lieutenant Governor Roberts – Opposes. Her office issued the following statement to Anchor Rising.
Lt. Governor Roberts complies with all state and federal immigration laws when it comes to hiring employees in her office – including verification of appropriate documentation to confirm the eligibility of prospective employees for employment. All employers, whether public or private must and should comply with these legal requirements. The Lt. Governor continues to have concerns however about the reliability and validity of the e-verify system as well as the new burdens that this system may place on already distressed employers. Large scale errors in that system can compromise the rights of prospective employees who are American citizens as well as legal immigrants. Until the system is improved and reliable the Lt. Governor is uncomfortable with requiring RI employers to be burdened by a new system when they can already comply with the law in ways that may be more appropriate to their businesses.