Monday, December 22, 2008

our young people coming out of school will HAVE NO JOBS! Wake up, appeasers of legals and illegals!

South Carolina cracking down on hiring illegal immigration

The first phase of a new state law designed to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants by government entities takes effect Jan. 1. Other phases that apply to private businesses will get underway in mid-2009.

Over the next year and a half, South Carolina gradually will begin pushing all employers to use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's e-verify program, a Web-based system run by the federal government.

Employers put pertinent employee information into the system, including name, Social Security number and birth date. The system scans millions of records from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security and tells the employer if the new hire is authorized to work or if their paperwork and documents need further review.

Here's how the S.C. Illegal Immigration and Reform Act will be implemented:

• On Jan. 1, state, county and municipal governments, as well as government contractors with 500 or more employees that perform manual labor (large school building or road construction firms, for example) will have to use e-verify for new hires.

• On July 1, smaller contractors and subcontractors who provide manual labor for government entities must start using e-verify to check new hires.

• Also on July 1, private employers with 100 or more employees will have to change their hiring policies. New employees will have to be screened with e-verify or required to show an in-state driver's license, ID card, or a license from a state with eligibility requirements as stringent as South Carolina's.

• A year later, on July 1, 2010, private employers with fewer than 100 employees will have to start using e-verify or require new employees to show an in-state driver's license or a license from a state with eligibility requirements as stringent as South Carolina's.

Penalties for hiring workers who are in the country illegally can range from $100 to $1,000. Employers can avoid fines for a first offense provided they come into full compliance with the law in a three-day period.

A business that knowingly hires workers who are in the country illegally can lose its right to operate in the state for up to five years depending on how many times it has violated the law.

When workers are found to be in the country illegally, the law requires that they be fired immediately.

The law, signed by Gov. Mark Sanford last summer, will be enforced through random audits of private businesses. So far the legislature has not allocated any money for auditing.

And, regulations determining how the random audits will be carried out have not been written.

"They still don't have a process behind it," said Ashley Feaster, executive director of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association.

Feaster said her organization plans to conduct an educational event in the spring, when regulations have been written, to explain to businesses how to comply with the rule.