Accompanying note: "State Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, explains his immigration bill to the House Economic Affairs Committee on April 14, 2011, as opponents kneel in prayer for its defeat. The committee voted 11-7 for Snyder's bill (HB 7089 of the 2011 session), which would allow police to check the immigration status of people they encounter in investigations. The bill would also require employers to check the legal status of new employees."
CS/HB 7089 - Enforcement of Immigration Laws: Prohibits state or political subdivisions from limiting or restricting enforcement of federal immigration laws; provides that state or its political subdivisions may not be prohibited from maintaining or exchanging information regarding immigration status; authorizes law enforcement officer to determine immigration status; requires implementation consistent with federal law; prohibits using race, color, or national origin in enforcement; requires every employer to use federal E-Verify system; prohibits knowingly employing unauthorized alien; authorizes complaints to licensing agency that employer has employed unauthorized alien; provides for enforcement & penalties; provides that certain employers are not liable for hiring, refusing to hire, or terminating employee under certain conditions; prohibits public employers from contracting for services with contractors not using E-Verify system; provides additional instance for warrantless arrests; provides additional criteria for consideration when determining whether to release defendant on bail or other conditions; provides for enhanced maximum criminal penalties when offense committed by unlawfully present alien; provides findings of public necessity. Filed March 16, 2011.
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