Republican Women Request Amendment to Current Immigration Bill

Mar 01, 2011, 13:33 ET from Alabama Federation of Republican Women

Public Hearing Will Be Held on Wednesday, March 2, in Montgomery

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alabama Federation of Republican Women has rejected the provisions of an E-Verify bill currently before the Alabama House of Representatives.  AFRW President Elois Zeanah stated, "HB 56 covers many aspects of illegal immigration and sponsors should be applauded.  However, the E-Verify portion of this particular bill is soft on employers and should be amended."  

Three key concerns with the E-Verify section of the bill are that the bill mandates that only state contractors use E-Verify; there are no fines or possible jail times for employers who hire illegal aliens, but citizens who turn in employers can get three months in jail if charges aren't proven; and the bill leaves verification of workers for employers other than state contractors to the federal government.

Zeanah added: "This bill contains many provisions to address the presence of illegal immigrants in Alabama.  These are good.  But they only deal with problems.  E-Verify, on the other hand, roots out illegal immigration through deterrence and attrition."  The organization has requested legislators to model a separate E-Verify bill after Arizona's legislation but failing that, six amendments to strengthen the bill have been recommended.

The Alabama House of Representatives will hold a hearing on the immigrations bill at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

SOURCE Alabama Federation of Republican Women