California County Weighs E-Verify Proposal

Citing high unemployment among California’s teenage population, San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry recently proposed all food service employers be required to use the federal E-Verify database to ensure these jobs only go to citizens or immigrants with a work permit.

E-Verify runs the names of potential hires through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services system. San Bernardino County already uses E-Verify to check the citizenship status of potential government workers.

In addition to the E-Verify requirement, Derry proposed that permits should only be granted to food establishments that can furnish proof of employees’ work eligibility at the time health inspections take place.

Derry believes the ordinance, if passed, would be the first of its kind in the nation.

Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Josie Gonzales and Supervisor Gary Ovitt recommended that county CEO Greg Devereaux research the proposed ordinance and report back to the board, according to the San Bernardino Press-Enterprise.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a proposal that all businesses in the state be required to use E-Verify. Opponents, including the American Civil Liberties Union, say such laws unduly burden businesses and lead to discriminatory hiring practices.