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Senate leader files immigration amendment, no E-Verify

by Dara Kam | May 3rd, 2011

Senate budget chief-turned-immigration reformer JD Alexander filed a strike-all amendment this morning that would require work boards to check the immigration status of applicants but lacks any requirement that businesses use the federal E-Verify system to ensure hirees are in the country legally.

Alexander, a Republican farmer from Lake Wales, crafted the amendment to essentially leave the agricultural community out of the reforms because the vast majority of farm workers do not use the work centers to seek jobs.

The absence of the E-Verify requirement is a victory for the business community but puts the two chambers at odds: The House plan (HB 7089) includes E-Verify and the ability for law enforcement to request documentation of immigration status during criminal investigations.

In contrast, Alexander’s amendment, expected to be offered today, would require law enforcement officials to “make a reasonable effort” to ascertain immigration status after someone has been arrested.

Immigration advocates, who’ve thronged the Capitol for months and held daily press conferences pleading with lawmakers to
drop the reforms, had pushed for post-conviction rather than post-arrest checks of immigration. They contend the post-arrest component is problematic because driving without a drivers license, which some undocumented immigrants do, is a vehicle for racial profiling.

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19 Responses to “Senate leader files immigration amendment, no E-Verify”

  1. Dirk Says:

    Contact Florida Senator Alexander @ 850/487-5044 or e-mail @ alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov Thank Mr Alexander for selling out the citizen taxpayers and unemployed Floridians to special interest and Fl ag

  2. LaQuishaNiqua Jones Says:

    Finally…some sense in the Florida gubmint. Agriculture needs the Mexicans and Guats to do the hard work lazy Americans wont even consider. If you want to eat leave the spanish workers alone. As you stuff your face give thanks to all these hispanics working so you can eat.

  3. LaQuishaNiqua Jones Says:

    Hey Dirk….or is it Dick…every time you snarf up a bite of lettuce,peppers,tomato,cucumber or any other Florida produce remember this…an illegal Hispanic worker touched it several times before you started munchin on it. Ironic I find it…bitchin bout the very food you injest daily. Try starving…if you dont like mexicans harvesting then stop eating. Pretty simple.

  4. generalno Says:

    I’d ask Farmer-Senator Alexander if he’d open the border to all nations, or just to Mexico? I’d also remind him that E-verify principally and simply automates the cumbersome I-9 paper process already required by law. It does not discriminate because it applies equally to all and provides ample time to correct errors. It absolutely is not inhumane because sending illegal aliens back to their homelands simply corrects a wrong. On the other hand, it is inhumane to continuously take money from taxpayers to provide education, medical care, housing (Section 8), food (WIC) and general welfare (62%) to illegal aliens. And it’s a gross injustice to the fine immigrants struggling to achieve their dreams legally. We need this law for many reasons not the least of which is to balance the budget.

    I always thought it was the democrats who hated E-verify because it slows one of their primary channels for new voters. I guess I was wrong. Seems I’ve been fooled by a Republican again or perhaps he’s not a real Republican. Hiring illegal aliens is against the law. These politicians want businesses to use the antiquated paper system (Forms I-9) because it’s easier to cheat and lie and hire cheap illegal labor. Most businesses would go along with mandatory E-verify if all businesses went along. But if some are allowed to cheat, honest businesses cannot compete. We need this law. Besides E-verify is less expensive than the I-9 process.

  5. CC Says:

    Americans will do the work if the employer paid a minimum wage oe better. Why pay an American a wage if I can pay an illegal for half the price. I am sick and tired of that stupid argument. Illegal is illegal, besides Americans picked their own food for centuries!!!

  6. LaQuishaNiqua Jones Says:

    Hey CC….no farmers pay less than minimum wage…in fact they pay more,way more.

    Youu think these mexicans will work for 7.75 an hour? Think again. Its more like 10 bucks an hour. Farmers would hire Americans if they could find any with a work ethic. But they are so few and far between its pathetic.

    Most folks bitchin about illegals have absolutely no clue about what goes into producing a tomato for your table. They will eat it and bitch while swallowing about the folks that put it on their plate.

  7. NO Everify? You are all being VOTED OUT Says:

    SICK OF ALL OF YOU SO CALLED LEADERS. WE ARE VOTING YOU ALL OUT NEXT TIME.

    Everify is needed. I will pay MORE for veggies, yard work etc.

    WE ARE ALREADY PAYING MORE AS ILLEGALS USING UP OUR TAX $ ON MEDICAL, SCHOOLS, JAILS AND WELFARE…

    Agriculture is already subidized heavily and they want to keep the illegals too? THIS will not last forever we the LEGAL citizen is FED UP with Politicians. Better list your house for sale now….Gives you time to dump it before you go home without a job like most of the rest of us.

    WHAT PART OF ILLEGAL IS SO HARD FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ADVOCATE THEM HERE?

    USE YOUR MONEY NOT THE TAXPAYERS IF YOU WANT THEM ADOPT THEM YOURSELF.

  8. Lawyer Says:

    Mr. JD Alexander,

    If you’re thought process was that by making this adjustment, that those group of lawyers would leave you alone, think again Mr. Alexander.

    Mr. Alexander, 1 of our local leaders already involved the Southeast US Attorney with regard to your involvement with Marcia Smith and her involved with the Polk County School board and the construction benefits you both received on your properties in Polk County, by helping to steer construction funds to contractors, bidding on Polk County School projects.

    Mr. JD Alexander, I get $1,200 per hour in NY for this advice.

    Resign from Florida Government ASAP, or get ready for all your misdeeds to become a public affair.

  9. Lawyer Says:

    General No & No Everify,

    Not that I like JD Alexander. He’s a scum bag that between him and his father stole so much money from Florida Taxpayers in late 1960s. That farm JD Alexander has was actually purchases with 60s Floridians Taxpayer Funds.

    Your 2 post on E-Verify is so foolish however.

    U 2 have no business commenting anything on E-Verify.

    Illegal’s purchase “Good Social Security and Drivers License information” all day long.

    Post your names and I’ll produce that information on you that you think is secure within minutes to sell to a set of illegals this afternoon.

    Than, that’s not counting the “work under the table” that no E-verify will spot.

    E-Verify is like being in a gated community, looks like it’s secure, but is nothing more than a false sense of secure.

    Neither 1 of, General No or No-Verify poster, get that E-verify is a easily beatable system.

    That’s because neither 1 of those posters has any idea of what the h*ll they are talking about.

  10. Dirk Says:

    La Qished,sorry grow my own vegetables,cut my own grass-no illegals necessary.Ponder for a moment if your able,US citizens were able to survive and flourish prior to the current batch of illegal alien arrivals.Farmers and growers are able to pay illegal aliens under the table and taxpayers get stuck paying for the gamut of social services,health care and educating their off-spring.I believe most US citizens are able to live without the cultrual enrichment of the third world.

  11. George Fuller Says:

    This is a statement in thE 2010 Annual Report for ALICO…ALEXANDER IS CEO

    Changes in immigration laws or enforcement of such laws could impact the ability of Alico to harvest its crops.
    Alico engages third parties to provide personnel for its harvesting operations. Alico communicates to such third parties its policy of employing only workers approved to work in the United States. However, Alico does not specifically monitor such compliance and the personnel engaged by such third parties could be from pools composed of immigrant labor. The availability and number of such workers is subject to decrease if there are changes in the U.S. immigration laws or by stricter enforcement of such laws. The scarcity of available personnel to harvest Alico’s agricultural products could cause Alico’s harvesting costs to increase or could lead to the loss of product that is not timely harvested which could have a materially adverse effect upon Alico.

    THE SPECIAL INTEREST ALEXANDER IS PROTECTING IS HIS OWN..THEY OWN 139,000 ACRES OF LAND THEY USE FOR CITRUS SUGAR CANE AND CATTLE

  12. Halibut Says:

    The Florida Chamber of Commerec said “and E-Verify incentivizes identify theft and forces employers to become document experts.”
    A complete misrepresentation of what e-verify does. It takes the responsibility of deciding the validity of the document away from the employer and places it on the system. The system will verify if the immigrant has legal permission to work.

  13. Betty Dobson Says:

    Senator Alexander is trying to kill the bill (SB 2040) for his own personal gain. He claims to use E-verify, but that is debatable. I could not find one employer of agricultural workers on the E-verify database!!

    He should be forced to recuse himself from voting on this bill. Senate President, Mike Haridopolos made a terrible mistake by putting Alexander in charge of this committee. He is selling out U. S. citizens!

  14. Henry D. Preslar Says:

    The media are reporting that your SB 2040 floor amendment will not require any employers to use E-Verify. Please ignore special-interest demands and support an amendment requiring E-Verify for all employers with no exemptions.

    What good is an amendment without stipulations? What will it accomplish?

  15. Brittanicus Says:

    CAUSE & EFFECT

    E-Verify! E-Verify! E-Verify! Must be–MANDATED–by Federal law that identifies every Americans, old and new hires throughout America; rejecting illegal aliens from the workplace. This is ATTRITION BY ENFORCEMENT. Other enforcement tools to be enacted permanently such as Secure Communities, to fingerprint and process every alleged criminal by local police. All Americans should demand these immigration innovations from our Senators and Representatives. If they resent your interests and disregard you, then join the TEA PARTY, as they will enforce the 1986 Immigration law. Stop the growth of Government; lessen your taxes, specially the hundreds of billions of dollars being extorted from you, in supporting illegal aliens and the 300.000 foothold babies annually. Under the TEA PARTY ultimatum; No more amnesties, Dream Act, Sanctuary Cities and States, No more Chain Migration or Immigration Reforms of any kind. TEA PARTY membership is rising by the tens of millions, which are becoming a positive power inside Washington. IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED THAT STATES THAT DO NOT AUTHOR BILLS TO HALT THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ALREADY SETTLED THERE, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WILL BE ON THEIR WAY FROM LESS HOSPITABLE STATES. SHOULD FLORIDA STRIP ENFORCEMENT LAWS, THEY TOO WILL BE INVADED BY THE ILLEGAL ECONOMIC POOR.

    One of our greatest deterrents is for American workers to become a “WHISTLE BLOWER” to identify illegal labor in your company’s domain. Then call ICE or even your Police Department. If not satisfied, leave a message with NumbersUSA as they have people in Washington.

    Throw out every politician who condone the 20 million plus illegal aliens and expeditiously dispatch to the street every Governor, Mayor, Police Chief and every elected official and replace them with genuine patriotic American Tea Party activists. The TEA PARTY is all Americans and legally accepted resident. We are a nation of laws that President Obama and his Czarist retinue seem to not accept. Both Republican leaders and Democrats, with a sprinkling of hard core Liberals have failed us for decades. Call every State Representative and Washington, to stop this parody of our laws. Very urgent is we must be vigilant of illegal aliens voting in our elections. Four States election results were compromised in the previous midterm election.

    See the truth and not lies at NumbersUSA website. Sanctuary states as California are screaming about 30.000 teachers being laid off, but if they were not flooded with millions of illegal invaders they wouldn’t have this almost unfathomable problem? How many other States have massive deficits like California, with a 26 billion dollar deep red ink? We will always take to our hearts newly arrived–LEGALLY PROCESSED highly skilled labor that will not be leeching welfare services. There will never, ever be a place in America who steals past poorly manned borders or on expired travel visas. Our nation has become a universal magnet for every economic migrant and immigrant worldwide, with free access to schools for their children and free meals at school, free health care, plus food stamps, fraudulent tax rebates, home care and every other conceivable benefit that States and the federal government offers.

  16. Proud American Says:

    LaQuisha:

    Your disdain for our country and its citizens is obvious. I would not eat my vegetables if I knew you picked them!

  17. Rich Says:

    Forget about any leadership from Scott. It is part of his plan to put the costs both socially and ecomonically on the backs of the Florida hard working taxpayers for his business buddies. Cheap illegal labor for Mr. Alexander means 6 billion dollars in costs for the Florida Taxpayer not to mention the criminal impact on our society and a threat of terrorism. I hope the Tea Party remembers this. Please don’t ever talk about democrats being big spenders with the republican legislature supporting illegal activity. Also, Miami Dade is the capital of Medicare Fraud that costs us 100 billion dollars a year so why wouldn’t the Hispanic Caucus promote more fraud and crime? Scott will be twice as rich when he leaves office and taxpayers twice as poor.

  18. Rich Says:

    Do we have to wait for a terrorist attack in Florida before we realize the importance of knowing who is here? Then it will be too late and Mr. Alexander will retire with his millions.

  19. mike grove Says:

    E – VARIFY IS A MUST. THOSE COMPANIES WHOM OWN ORANGE GROVES, SUGAR CANE, CATTLE AND ALL OTHER AGRICULTURAL ENTETIES MUST FOLLOW THE LAW. ITS LOW CLASS PEOPLE THAT TRY TO SAVE A BUCK TO PUT HUNDEREDS OF BUCKS TAX FREE IN THEIR POCKETS THAT NEED TO GO TO JAIL AND THE ONLY WAY TO POLICE THAT IS TO MAKE E-VARIFY A LAW IN FLORIDA AND THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND TEST 100% OF ALL OF THESE VARIUOS TYPES OF ” FARMERS ” STAFF REGULALY AND WITH NOTICE.

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