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Gov. Sanford: Don't Let Procedural Maneuvering Stop Immigration Bill

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Location: Columbia, SC

Gov. Sanford: Don't Let Procedural Maneuvering Stop Immigration Bill


Governor Mark Sanford today issued the following statement on the status of the immigration reform bills currently being deliberated by a House-Senate conference committee:

"We've come too far toward creating a meaningful immigration bill that contains strong workers verification to let procedural maneuvering stop this bill's progress,"; Gov. Sanford said. "Now is not the time for the House and Senate to be pointing fingers at one another or walking away from the table. There's an old saying about 'where there's a will, there's a way,'; and leaders in both chambers have said they favor the e-verify system being included in the final bill. If both chambers are serious about moving forward on this important issue, I'd challenge them to do whatever it takes to bring this bill to my desk with e-verify - even if it that takes starting from scratch on a whole new bill."

Originally, the House version of the bill did not contain any verification requirements for private employers. The Senate version contained a verification requirement for private employers, but permitted it to be satisfied by using the failed Federal I-9 form verification process. The I-9 process is an ineffective system already employed by the federal government in which fraudulent documents can be used to satisfy the verification requirements, and federal law prohibits employers or states from checking the validity of the documents. Governor Sanford agrees with Senators Campsen and McConnell that a critical component of the legislation would be requiring private employers to check a valid South Carolina driver's license or use the online e-verify system. Five states already use e-verify in some capacity, including Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri, and neighboring Georgia. In fact, Arizona has reported that illegal immigrants are starting to self-deport due to the effectiveness of the e-verify system.

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