J.D. Alexander files strike-all amendment to Senate's now-all-but-toothless immigration bill

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The senator who has taken over sponsorship of the Senate? immigration bill (SB 2040) filed a strike-all amendment Monday that says only workers seeking to get jobs through the state workforce centers would have to be cleared through the federal E-Verify system before being hired, reports the News Service of Florida. Private employers, including those in the agriculture industry, wouldn? have to use E-Verify to check the immigration status of applicants. The amendment is set to be added to the bill, possibly today, on the Senate floor. A bill awaiting a hearing in the House would require all private employers to use the federal E-Verify system to vet hires by mid-2013, earlier for large employers. But Sen. JD Alexander? amendment would require the system be used only by the state? one-stop job centers. As to having law enforcement checking immigration status, the amendment by Alexander, R-Lake Wales, says that if someone is arrested, once they?e in detention, the agency with custody of the person ?hall make a reasonable effort to determine the nationality of the person and whether the person is present in the United States lawfully. The amendment says the law can? be construed to ?uthorize the arrest of a person on suspicion that the person is not in the United States lawfully.?]>

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