North Carolina employers that contract with the state would be required to make sure that none of their new hires are illegal immigrants, under a new version of a bill that surfaced in a House judiciary committee meeting this morning.
Businesses with 25 or more employees would have to use the federal E-Verify electronic database to determine the legal status of job applicants. The state already uses the database for potential state employees, including public universities and school systems.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Arizona law that penalizes businesses that hire illegal immigrants. The ruling also upheld Arizona’s requirement that employers use the E-Verify system.
The House committee today heard four speakers supporting the bill or the goal behind the bill, while two speakers opposed it. On Friday, the committee might resume talking about the bill, which is sponsored by Republican Reps. Harry Warren of Salisbury, George Cleveland of Jacksonville and Dale Folwell of Winston-Salem.