Way to go, Keystone State!
Americans who oppose illegal immigration and its devastating impact on unemployment got something to smile about this week in Pennsylvania, as Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law the Public Works Employment Verification Act (Act No.127), which requires all public works contractors and subcontractors with the state to enroll in and use E-Verify for newly hired employees. The law – patterned after Arizona’s landmark 2009 law - will take effect January 1, 2013.
As a precondition of being awarded a contract for a public work, a public works contractor and its subcontractors shall provide the state with a verification form acknowledging responsibilities under and compliance with the law.
Failure by these contractors or their respective subcontractors to use E-Verify by January 1, 2013 would lead to sanctions. For example for a first violation, a public works contractor or subcontractor would receive a warning letter detailing the violation – and that public warning would be posted on the Department of General Services of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Internet website. Subsequent violations would lead to immediate debarring from public work for a period ranging from 30 days to 3 years, depending on the number of illegal alien workers, and whether the violation was a willful one.
In addition, the new law will also subject willful violators who misrepresent themselves to a civil penalty of $250 or up to $1,000 for each violation. It also contains critical protections for whistleblowers to ensure that employees of companies who report their employment of illegal aliens cannot be fired in retaliation for doing so – a critical section that will certainly deter many more employers from hiring illegals in the first place.
Thanks to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and her legal team state mandatory E-Verify and employer sanctions laws were found to be constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Such laws are an easy way for states to close off a big part of the jobs magnet that brings illegal aliens into the states to begin with.
We salute the legislature and Gov. Corbett for enacting Act. No. 127 swiftly. Pennsylvania is showing other states what can and must be done to remove as many jobs as possible from those available to illegal aliens, and keeping those jobs in the hands of Americans in this tough economy.
If YOU stand against illegal immigration and want to see the border secured, jobs cut off for illegals, the rule of law upheld and amnesty for illegals stopped, then put your name where your heart is, and join the 150,000 who have signed our petition…