by John Hill
Stand With Arizona
Way to go, Keystone State!
who oppose illegal immigration and its devastating impact on
unemployment got something to smile about this week in Pennsylvania,
as Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law the Public Works Employment Verification Act (Act No.127), which requires all public works contractors and subcontractors with the state to enroll in and use E-Verify for newly hired employees. The law - patterned after Arizona's landmark 2009 law - will take effect January 1, 2013.
As a precondition
of being awarded a contract for a public work, a public works
contractor and its subcontractors shall provide the state with a
verification form acknowledging responsibilities under and compliance
with the law.
Failure by these contractors or their respective subcontractors to use E-Verify by January 1, 2013 would lead to sanctions.
For example for a first violation, a public works contractor or
subcontractor would receive a warning letter detailing the violation -
and that public warning would be posted on the
Department of General Services of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Internet website. Subsequent violations would lead to immediate debarring from public work for a period ranging from 30 days to 3 years, depending on the number of illegal alien workers, and whether the violation was a willful one.
In addition, the new law will also subject willful violators who misrepresent themselves to a civil penalty of $250 or up to $1,000 for each violation. It also contains critical protections for whistleblowers to
ensure that employees of companies who report their employment of
illegal aliens cannot be fired in retaliation for doing so - a critical
section that will certainly deter many more employers from hiring
illegals in the first place.
Thanks to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and her legal team state mandatory E-Verify and employer sanctions laws were found to be constitutional
by the U.S. Supreme Court. Such laws are an easy way for states to
close off a big part of the jobs magnet that brings illegal aliens into
the states to begin with.
We salute the legislature and Gov.
Corbett for enacting Act. No. 127 swiftly. Pennsylvania is showing
other states what can and must be done to remove as many jobs
as possible from those available to illegal aliens, and keeping those
jobs in the hands of Americans in this tough economy.
H/T Free Republic