PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers will again consider whether to require businesses to check the immigration status of new hires.
A House committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday to review a proposal to require all private employers in the state with three or more workers to check new applicants against the federal E-Verify database, an Internet program that allows users to determine the immigration status of employees.
Rep. Peter Palumbo is one of the bill’s sponsors. The Cranston Democrat says making businesses check the status of new workers is an easy and effective way of ensuring illegal immigrants aren’t taking jobs in Rhode Island.
Similar legislation failed last year. In 2011, Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) ended the state’s practice of using E-Verify to check the status of applicants for state jobs.