governor signs employment acceleration act (AB 1236) !
On Sunday, October 9th, 2011 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1236, the Employment Acceleration Act authored by Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cupertino). The bill ensures that city, county and state government cannot mandate the use of E-Verify on private business owners and would reaffirm that for most private employers, E-Verify is an optional program. Read CIPC's statement about the signing of AB 1236.
AB 1236 has the support of the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Labor Federation, the California Hotel & Lodging Association, AFSCME, the California Grocers Association, SEIU California, Western Growers, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and many more. The Employment Acceleration Act is sponsored by the California Immigrant Policy Center and MALDEF.
Check out our Factsheet on the Employment Acceleration Act of 2011 (AB 1236)
Read what Prof. Manuel Pastor of the University of Southern California says about AB 1236 on the Huffington Post.
Californians want a choice! Find out why more than 60 organizations from across the state say NO to E-Verify!
Help Oppose Job Killing E-Verify Legislation in Congress
The United States immigration system has long been broken, but unfortunately federal legislators continue to fail to comprehensively overhaul the system. On June 14, 2011 Republican Congressman from Texas, Lamar Smith, introduced enforcement-only legislation that would mandate the use of the E-Verify system. Originally named HR 2164, the bill was amended on September 12 and re-named HR 2885.
Smith's proposal threatens the prosperity of California and our nation by forcing employers to comply with a system that is inherently flawed and discriminatory.
Learn more about the bill in this summary prepared by the National Immigration Law Center.
Find out why California farmers are opposing the mandatory E-Verify bill, as profiled in The New York Times (July 30, 2011).
Click here to see why Assemblymember Paul Fong of Cupertino is opposing the mandatory E-Verify Bill.
Sample Letter of Support for AB 1236
Powerpoint presentation from Webinar on April 28, 2011
The Impact of E-Verify on California's Economy
Immigration Policy Center, July 2011
Facts About E-Verify
National Immigration Law Center, January 2011
Mandatory E-Verify without Legalization Would Hamper Economic Recovery and Cost U.S. Workers Jobs
Immigration Policy Center, February 2011
Assessing E-Verify Costs for Employers, Taxpayers
Bloomberg Government, January 2011
E-Verify: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Proposals for Reform
Migration Policy Institute, February 2011
Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification: Franz Kafka's Solution to Illegal Immigration
Cato Institute, March 2008