Congress may be in recess, but state legislators are busy at work crafting legislation aimed at reducing magnets for illegal immigration and helping unemployed Americans in their state get back to work. Legislation was finalized in Montana, while legislation in Alabama, Florida, and Indiana took steps closer to final passage. And in Colorado, a proposal to reward illegal immigration was defeated.
In Indiana, the House and Senate agreed to a compromise bill late Friday night that requires state agencies and businesses that contract with the state to use E-Verify. The bill will also require private businesses to use E-Verify to qualify for the employee deduction when filing their state income taxes.
In Alabama, both chambers have passed mandatory E-Verify legislation and were expected to work on a compromise bill before the devastating tornadoes caused the legislative session to be temporarily suspended. We'll continue to monitor the situation when legislators feel the time is right to get back to work.
In Montana, Gov. Schweitzer signed a bill toughening the state's requirements for obtaining a driver's license or state issued ID. Applicants will now be checked with the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program to ensure they are in the country legally. Furthermore, driver's licenses from other states are excluded as a form of proof. The new law also requires anyone applying for state services to be verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program.
In Colorado, a House Committee defeated a proposal that would extend in-state tuition benefits to illegal aliens who attended high school for at least three years and hold a diploma or GED. The bill was defeated for the fifth consecutive year.
And in Florida, our activists SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNOR'S FAX MACHINE! I think Gov. Scott heard loud and clear that the legal residents of the Sunshine State want a mandatory E-Verify law to ensure new jobs go to legal workers. The State Senate will get back to work early next week on an E-Verify and enforcement bill, so be on the look out for action alerts this weekend if you live in Florida.
Let's keep the momentum going and bring it to the U.S. Congress when House and Senate Members return next week!
CHRIS CHMIELENSKI is the Director of Content & Activism for NumbersUSA
Updated: Wed, Oct 11th 2017 @ 11:38am EDT