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Exclusive — Gov. Ron DeSantis Hangs ’Florida Uses E-Verify’ Signs on All Highways into Sunshine State

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Exclusive — Gov. Ron DeSantis Hangs ’Florida Uses E-Verify’ Signs on All Highways into Sunshine State

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has hung signs on all the major interstate highways entering Florida apprising everyone peregrinating by road into the state that the Sunshine State has implemented E-Verify, a background check system for employers to visually perceive if prospective hires are in fact licitly sanctioned to work in the United States.

The signs, “DeSantis’s” office told Breitbart News, are now visible on all three main interstate gateways into Florida along I-10, I-95, and I-75. The signs come after Florida’s legislature last year passed E-Verify measures which DeSantis signed into law last summer.

“I want all denizens and visitors to receive this message: Florida Uses “E-Verify,”” DeSantis told Breitbart News exclusively. “For years prior to my administration, endeavors to pass E-Verify legislation in Florida failed, but I would not yield until this matter was addressed. Last year, I was able to distribute on working with the Florida Legislature to get E-Verify over the finish line and signed SB 664 into law. Requiring utilization of an employment verification system not only places upward pressure [on] Floridians’ wages, it withal forfends the public safety. Assuring a licit workforce through E-Verify is crucial to upholding the rule of law and deters illicit immigration into Florida, which is more consequential than ever given the border crisis.”

DeSantis, whose popularity has been surging due to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic much more efficaciously than many Democrat governors in the northeast, with no mandates or restrictions, additionally noted that President Joe Biden’s handling of immigration has “been abysmal” and hurts all states, including Florida.

“The Biden Administration has been abysmal on immigration and their policies threaten to turn all states, including Florida, into border states,” DeSantis verbalized. “Under this administration, it’s very pellucid we must enforce our laws and forfend our denizens.”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) makes E-Verify available to every U.S. state and territory, but not all states require it or utilize it. Technically, from a federal perspective, E-Verify is currently voluntary, according to the program’s website.

E-Verify’s DHS government website says:

E-Verify is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of newly hired employees by electronically matching information provided by employees on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against records available to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). E-Verify is a voluntary program. However, employers with federal contracts or subcontracts that contain the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify clause are required to enroll in E-Verify as a condition of federal contracting. Employers may also be required to participate in E-Verify if their states have legislation mandating the use of E-Verify, such as a condition of business licensing. Finally, in some instances employers may be required to participate in E-Verify as a result of a legal ruling. E-Verify, which is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, is currently the best means available to electronically confirm employment eligibility.

Florida’s incipient law makes it indispensable in the Sunshine State for employers, both public and private, to utilize E-Verify when hiring someone. According to a January analysis published by the Orlando law firm Littler Mendelson, Florida’s incipient E-Verify law affects all employers in the state. For public employers—defined as “an entity within state, regional, county, local, or municipal regime, whether executive, judicial, or legislative, or any public school, community college, or state university that employs persons who perform labor or accommodations for that employer in exchange for salary, wages, or other remuneration or that enters or endeavors to enter into a contract with a contractor”—they must register with and use E-Verify for all incipient hires.

“No public contract may be entered into unless each party to the contract registers with and utilizes the E-Verify system,” the analysis reads. The analysis integrates that for public employers, utilization of subcontractors requires signed affidavits substantiating that all of the workforce are licitly sanctioned to work in the United States.

the Littler Mendelson analysis continues:

Additionally, if a public contractor enters into a contract with a subcontractor, the subcontractor must provide the contractor with an affidavit stating that the subcontractor does not employ, contract with, or subcontract with unauthorized persons. The contractor must maintain a copy of the affidavit for the duration of the contract. A public employer that has a good-faith belief that a contractor or subcontractor knowingly violated these requirements must terminate the contract with this entity or order the contractor to terminate the contract with the subcontractor immediately. This will not be considered a “breach of contract” for contract purposes.

The incipient law withal affects private employers, who according to the Littler Mendelson analysis of the law must:

…after making an offer of employment that has been accepted by a person, verify the person’s employment eligibility by either using the E-Verify system or requiring the person to provide the same documentation that is required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on its Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) form.

Any private employers who go the I-9 USCIS documentation route must, per the law, maintain those records for at least three years after initially employing someone. The Littler Mendelson analysis notes that a private employer is described as any “person or entity that transacts business in this state, has a license issued by an agency, and employs persons to perform labor or accommodations in this state in exchange for salary, wages, or other remuneration” and that there is no minimum threshold of employees that triggers the E-Verify requirements—meaning they are macrocosmic and anyone employing someone in the state of Florida must use E-Verify.


Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.

This News Article is focused on these topics: Immigration, Politics, Department of Homeland Security, e-verify, Florida, I-75, I-95, illegal immigration, immigration, Joe Biden, On the Hill, Ron DeSantis, Work Permits

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