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Wildomar Drops E-Verify Mandate

Wildomar City Council members voted unanimously Wednesday evening to remove an ordinance requiring city contractors to check the citizenship of potential hires using E-Verify.

A little-used Wildomar ordinance that required citizenship checks using the federal E-Verify system was repealed by City Council Wednesday.

The repeal came a month after Governor Jerry Brown

Wildomar's ordinance, passed in December, required that contractors working with the city use the E-Verify database.

Similar laws were put on the books last year in Murrieta, Temecula, Lake Elsinore and Menifee amidst growing concerns about the possibility of illegal immigrants taking work from U.S. residents.

The E-Verify Program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with the United States Social Security Administration, enables participating employers to verify online that employees they hire are authorized to work in the United States.

Wildomar councilmembers reluctantly cast a unanimous vote to remove the ordinance during Wednesday’s regularly scheduled council meeting. The city hopes swift action will allow it to avoid lawsuits stemming from the now-banned statute.

Mayor Marsha Swanson said the ordinance saw little use.

"We only have three employees here, and it wasn't affecting them anyway," she said.

Swanson said job creators should be allowed to decide for themselves how to vet workers.

“That’s why they went into business,” she said. “To make their own rules.”

Mayor Pro Tem Ben Benoit, who owns a small Wildomar tech firm, said he supported business owners’ right to choose whether they wanted to use E-Verify. Still, he expressed worry that citizens could be passed over for jobs taken by those who didn’t enter the country legally.

“We have a lot of people who use fake (Social Security) numbers and are committing fraud,” Benoit said.

Stephanie November 10, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Selling out America for votes. Thanks, Wildomar, for voting in this buffoon Swanson to assist in the destruction of our state. Hope you love the madness and ghetto known as Mexico because that's what we have and getting worse.
Dave Gorak November 10, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Mr. Leonard: E-Verify does not check the "citizenship" of "potential" hires. It seeks to verify whether a person is authorized to work here and only AFTER the person has been hired. Dave Gorak Executive director Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration La Valle, WI www.midwestcoalitiontoreduceimmigration.org
Ken Mayes November 10, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Kind of funny that the city council voted it out by most of the same people who voted it in and then in their comments say they didn't agree with it anyway. Also, E-verify was useless as it only verified if a name and social security number were properly matched not that the person presenting the info was actually that person.
Dave Gorak November 10, 2011 at 10:48 PM
The Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885), which makes E-Verify mandatory for ALL employers, would close the ID theft loophole. No more excuses for not using the program
Francis November 11, 2011 at 01:43 AM
Stop the assault on our nation for Democrats to grab votes, as they intentionally remain deaf, dumb and blind to illegal aliens voting or even aiding them. ACORN is a good example, of fraudulent registrations, absentee ballot applications and the ‘Motor Voter’ forms. Each of us should wonder how many illegal aliens breached the Arizona’s voting code, to recall state senator Russell Pierce. Under this Jerry Brown the doors will be left wide open at the border and the poverty-stricken people will cripple our countries welfare system, public schools and hospitals. With a very large percentage of foreign nationals settled in that border state, it would be easy to compromise the lax voting restrictions? Anybody with a computer and color printer could fool the officials, with two pieces of paper as a forged utility or phone bill, with a name and address on it. Furthermore stop Republicans selling our country to the special interest lobbyists on ‘K’ Street for campaign contributions and lucrative perks. The NumbersUSA web site for the real facts.
Popeye November 11, 2011 at 02:24 AM
Thank goodness. Stop the government in getting involved in the hiriring. Stop the hate.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPEAXatvxvI&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Dave Gorak November 11, 2011 at 04:34 AM
Memo to Popeye: Didn't watch this because I'm at a loss to see the connection between the Tea Party and this particular story. We were discussing the E-Verify program that is used to prevent illegal aliens from getting jobs, especially when 22 million Americans can't find full-time work. Have I missed something? What are you referring to when you say, "Stop the hate"?
Popeye November 11, 2011 at 05:02 AM
E verify is illegal. Stop the hate of people living in this country. You need some christian values. Stop the hate.
Andria December 16, 2011 at 04:25 PM
It isn't "hate" to expect immigration laws to be upheld, silly. However, in light of what Bozo Brown did, the Wildomar council really had no choice.

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