Maine House Tables E-Verify Bill

3/29/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

The Maine State House of Representatives has voted to table a bill requiring Pine Tree State employers to use E-Verify.

Mandating E-Verify would crack down on employment opportunities for illegals aliens in Maine.

With the end of session rapidly approaching and much work still required of legislators — the tabling will likely mean the E-Verify bill will not be voted on this session, although it is still possible the proposal could come off the table sometime before the end of the session.

70 votes were needed to adopt the motion. 74 lawmakers voted to kick the can down the road. 65 voted against the tabling. 12 missed the vote entirely.

Maine-First Rep. Larry Lockman is the sponsor of LD 1893, “An Act To Ensure Fair Employment Opportunity for Maine Citizens and Legal Residents by Requiring the Use of a Federal Immigration Verification System.” Rep. Lockman says open-border Leftists are afraid of a debate.

“The open-borders crowd wanted to kill E-Verify without being on the record, but we didn’t let them get away with it,” Rep. Lockman said. “We made sure there was a roll call vote on the motion to table, that way voters could see first-hand which lawmakers are working to ensure illegals have the opportunity to steal jobs from Mainers.”

20 states already have some form of E-Verify mandated, with legislation pending in many more states.

E-Verify is currently free to employers. It provides an automated link to federal databases to help employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

Rep. Lockman is President of Maine First Project. Mandating E-Verify is one of the 20 points on their Maine First Agenda.

“How is it even controversial to make sure employers are hiring legal Maine citizens over illegal immigrants,” Rep.Lockman asked. “This is common sense legislation that open-border politicians are opposing because, simply, the Democrats want the voter-base, and the RINOs want the cheap labor. Meanwhile, it’s hardworking Maine families that are being left behind.”

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