Four United States immigration programs are scheduled to automatically end September 30 if Congress does not act. The four programs include the EB-5 investor visa program, the E-Verify program, Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program and a specialty visa waiver program for doctors, known as the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program.
More than a year ago this blog reported a story of the immigration I-9 audit directed toward the Chipotle restaurant chain. At the time, Chipotle was one of the largest companies to fall under the scrutiny of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement under an I-9 compliance audit. The company eventually let go hundreds of workers after the ICE I-9 raid.
In the last post, this blog began a discussion about the aftermath of the Chipotle restaurant chain's I-9 audit, where immigration officials reportedly found hundreds of workers who may not have had proper employment eligibility verification documentation.
Legal battles over individual state immigration laws seem to be becoming more commonplace. This blog recently reported that on state law on immigration will go before the United States Supreme Court this term. Governor Rick Scott previously said that he intends to seek an immigration law in Florida next term, although the details about the total scope of what that may involve remain sketchy.
It is not exactly a new twist, but 16 Latin American nations have asked to join a federal lawsuit that seeks to block the state immigration law in South Carolina. Why isn't it a new twist? Mexico asked to join a lawsuit seeking to challenge the Arizona immigration law last June. This time the number of nations is much larger.
Last week this blog reported that a measure known as the Legal Workforce Act was to go through markup in the House Judiciary Committee. On Wednesday the measure passed committee on a party-line vote and now moves on to the full House. The measure would make use of the federal E-Verify system mandatory for all employers across the country when looking to confirm an employee's eligibility to work in the United States.
Many businesses across the country, including businesses in Florida, voluntarily use the federal E-Verify system when verifying a job applicant's employment eligibility in the United States. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee says "nearly 290,000 American employers use E-Verify and an average of 1,300 new businesses sign up each week."
As states, the federal government and the courts wrangle with a record number of new state immigration laws, Florida Governor Rick Scott says he believes the legislature will come to terms with a Florida law in 2012. Governor Scott said Friday he will continue to pursue a Florida measure to crack down on undocumented immigrants in Florida.
During the last legislative session and after contentious debate, Florida lawmakers did not pass an immigration bill. So far, however, fiver other states have enacted legislation aimed at immigration issues. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a state immigration law due to take effect September, 1, in our neighboring state of Alabama.
The news has been replete in recent months with stories regarding employment eligibility verification. Many states across the country have enacted state laws concerning the use of the federal E-Verify system. Florida lawmakers considered measures regarding immigration, but no bill passed during the most recent session. This blog has reported that all Florida state agencies in the state must use E-Verify under an executive order signed by Governor Rick Scott.