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A new billboard produced by Floridians for Immigration Control calls out Gov. Rick Scott (R) for the state's failure to adopt an E-Verify law. 

The billboard "welcomes" illegal immigrants and sarcastically thanks Governor Scott and is located along I-75's southbound lanes between the Georgia border and Interstate 10, according to Sunshine State News.

"This is a wake-up call for Governor Scott, who promised Floridians he would work to get mandatory E-Verify in the state to protect our legal workers," said Jack Oliver, legislative director of the group that goes by the name FLIMEN. 

"Seven states have passed E-Verify, making Florida a sanctuary state and haven for illegal aliens, which is not acceptable," said Oliver. 

House Bill 1315, sponsored by Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-Port St.Lucie) would require private employers in Florida to run the names of new hires through E-Verify.

The bill has failed to get a committee hearing. Scheduled for four committee stops, it is all but dead this session.

Oliver urged Gov. Scott to use the "bully pulpit" to get the E-Verify bill heard.

"Scott got elected on this issue. He crisscrossed the state promising to enact E-Verify," Oliver said.

In one of his first executive orders, Scott directed all state agencies under his control to use E-Verify when hiring. 

For the full story, read Sunshine State News .

Illegal Immigration
E-Verify
state policies

Updated: Thu, Feb 9th 2012 @ 9:58am EST