Last Sunday Kentucky Senator Rand Paul on a Sunday show made some comments about requiring businesses to use E-Verify to determine if a worker has the legal status to be hired.
That apparently is what has happened. The S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation reports that in the first year on enforcement of the law, 323 businesses (mostly if not all small) were cited for not using E-Verify for new hires and were put on probation. These are only the ones the agency found in random audits. The actual numbers of small businesses in non-compliance is probably much, much higher.
“If the state wants to assist the federal government in verifying citizenship, it should do the work itself instead of mandating the burden be put on small business,” I said in 2011.
So it was good to hear Senator Paul make the following remarks on one of last Sunday’s morning shows.
Good for Senator Paul. I hope he will put forward the effort in Congress to change the law so that South Carolina can lift the E-Verify burden off our small businesses and put it where it belongs….on state government.