E-Verify to Be Voted on by the Rhode Island Senate Late Today
Under Marc’s post, Joe Bernstein points out that
RI needed E-verify
Yes, it does. Present tense: it needs e-verify.
Jobs are the single biggest enticement for people to come here – here to the United States and here to Rhode Island – without respect for the law. This was clearly demonstrated when our economy tanked a year and a half ago: millions of jobs evaporated and the rate of illegal immigration dropped correspondingly.
Further, there’s a sleazy but undeniable competitive advantage to businesses who hire undocumented immigrants. Quoting RISC,
Over 2,200 Rhode Island employers already use E-Verify, but an additional 16,000 would be added with passage of S-2348. Our bill would level the playing field for those 2,200 conscientious employers, so that they are not disadvantaged by doing the right thing and hiring only legal workers.
Not to mention the exploitative situation posed by employers who hire undocumenteds under the table.
If you get a minute, please consider calling your state senator (click here or call the Senate President’s office at 222-6655 to obtain your senator’s phone number) to urge them to vote for legal immigrants, citizens and conscientious employers and against exploitation and sleaze.
UPDATE – Democracy quashed on Smith Hill
Senator Ed O’Neill just advised WPRO’s Matt Allen that as soon as the bill came up, Senator Connors moved to recommit it to committee; i.e., to effectively kill it for the year. There was then inexplicably a voice rather than an electronic vote. The Senate President “heard” a majority vote in favor of sending the bill back to committee and, in due course, the loyal Parliamentarian upheld her ruling.
Senator O’Neill opined to Matt that the bill itself would have passed. It’s hard to argue in view of the fact that the bill had 19 co-sponsors.
It appears that the Rhode Island Senate has been replaced by a monarchy.
(Thanks to MadMom for the initial heads-up.)