Press Release from the House Republican Caucus, June 8, 2011:
Representative Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) today released the following statement regarding the signing of the E-Verify legislation:
“I am pleased that the Governor has signed this important legislation into law. Our citizens demanded reform on this issue, and this legislation is a huge step in the right direction.
The nation is waking up to the fact the federal government has fallen down on the job when it comes to border security. Tennessee is leading the way, and I was proud to sponsor this landmark legislation. This simple solution will ensure the integrity of our nation’s workforce.”
On the next to last day of the Session, the House of Representatives took a strong stand against illegal immigration in Tennessee by passing legislation authorizing the use of the federal E-Verify system by Tennessee companies. The bill passed by a unanimous 96-0 vote.
The bill requires all employers with six or more employees to participate. Businesses are provided two options: the E-Verify program, which has a 99.7% accuracy rate, or the presentation of a valid Tennessee driver’s license to check the lawful status of an individual.