Immigration bills move on

A trio of immigration bills sponsored by Joe Carr - requiring business use of e-Verify, that the state verify the status of anyone receiving benefits, and a bill allowing for citizenship checks at traffic stops - all cleared House State and Local sub.

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Once again it's

Once again it's showtime.

This coming week, state Rep. Joe Carr's immigration-enforcement bills are scheduled to be heard in full committee, and the Senate companion E-Verify bill is set for hearing in a full Senate committee.

The E-Verify bill would require all Tennessee employers to enroll in and use the free, quick, and easy federal employment eligibility verification system to verify that all new hires are authorized by our federal government to work in this country. This protects the legal workforce.

I, of course, want the committee members to vote yes on the bills, and also keep the bills from being watered down any more than they already have been. So, we don't want any bad amendments attached to the bills, and we want anything bad that is already attached to the bills to be taken out.

Carr is making some useful changes to the bill, but he is also drifting away from a number of the strengths of his original E-Verify bill.

All three of Rep. Carr's major immigration-enforcement bills, HB1378, HB1379, and HB1380, are scheduled to be heard in the full House State and Local Government Committee at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in Room HHR16.

The Senate companion bill to Carr's E-Verify bill is SB1669, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Tracy. It is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in Room LP12.

Mandatory E-Verify bills have been killed in the Senate under Lt. Gov. and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey's leadership. The Senate has been in the pocket of the business lobby, even more so than the House. The Associated Press has quoted Ramsey as saying he doesn't think E-Verify use should be required of employers, that it should be voluntary. I do not consider Ron Ramsey an ally on immigration enforcement. I've watched his actions and inactions for years. He is an obstacle.

Here is part of an update I

Here is part of an update I sent out.

Update -- Tennessee immigration-enforcement bills.


All of the immigration-related bills heard Wednesday in the General Subcommittee of the Tennessee House State and Local Government Committee were advanced to the full committee.

The bills include state Rep. Joe Carr's (R-Lascassas) three major immigration-enforcement bills, HB1378, HB1379, and HB1380.

The 1378 and 1379 bills now have Carr's amendments attached, adopted without discussion or objection by the members of the subcommittee. The amendment to HB1378, the mandatory E-Verify bill, rewrites the bill and no doubt weakens it, given that all or most of the amendment was written by or in concession to the business lobby, as confirmed by Carr and business lobbyists during the hearing.

I haven't seen the amendment the E-Verify bill is wearing now. Carr said it makes the bill. I don't know if it matches the amendment I read a few days ago. It isn't on the legislature's Web site yet, so I'll go ahead and send this update and then send another after I've read the amendment. It may have the same problems I saw in the one I read.

Three major business lobbyists spoke against Carr's E-Verify bill Wednesday, though the bill has been rewritten to please them. They wanted to stop that bill in subcommittee, regardless. They're accustomed to getting such results. Often they don't even have to show up.

During the hearing, Carr said he has made more than 20 "concessions" (changes, compromises) in the bill, in response to business representatives. He and others said they are open to more compromise.

The lobbyists who spoke practically stamped their feet and were the usual suspects: Dan Haskell, representing the Tennessee [Not Necessarily YOUR] Jobs Coalition, the Tennessee Hospitality Association, and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce; Bradley Jackson, fighting for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry; and Jim Brown, speaking for the National Federation of Independent Business in direct contradiction to what polls of the NFIB's own members have indicated they want, and to what the NFIB has endorsed at the national level.

The NFIB has been an endorser of U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler's (D-N.C.) legislation to force all businesses to use E-Verify to keep unauthorized aliens from getting jobs. Link available, but I won't include it in this blog comment because of the multiple-link thing.

The business reps complained about "mandates" and said Carr's E-Verify bill would make it harder to do business. The NFIB's guy mentioned 30 members of their bill-review committee opposed to the bill. In Maury County alone, I could find far more business owners, including my family, who are FOR the bill. Dairy farming, for one, is quite regulated at all government levels, but my folks aren't up in Nashville whining.

"Making it harder to do business" is when Atlanta city government shuts down for sewer repairs the street your restaurant is on. For months. My kid knows. Let's talk about true hardship and let's talk about a bunch of uninformed, selfish crybabies.

Before launching to full committee all of the Republican-sponsored immigration-related bills and one Democratic-sponsored one, the subcommittee did some suck-up to the business lobbyists in attendance. Rep. Curry Todd fussed at the business guys awhile, too, apparently for failing to hand in all their homework so the Republicans would know exactly what to do.

I am not kidding. I will include a link below so you may see video of the proceedings yourselves.

The victims of illegal hiring -- our own legal workforce -- were barely mentioned and only by Carr, as I recall. The subcommittee expressed interest only in the desires of the business lobbyists before them. No working folks competing for jobs against unauthorized aliens and foreign guest-workers spoke at the hearing. There were no pleas from contractors who have lost their businesses because they can't compete with employers of illegal labor.

They spoke in Georgia, folks. The legal workforce is organizing down there and going to work sites, doing their own undercover investigations, and taking the videos and protests to TV stations and their legislature. They are raising hell. Legal construction workers -- including legal immigrants, who are raising hell, too -- are suffering. So are many other Americans who need jobs. Right now.

Tennesseans must do the same. You have to take up for yourselves. No one else is going to do it. We see how things are weighted in our legislature.

Subcommittee member Rep. Mike Turner, the Democratic caucus chairman and a labor-union leader, rolled all but one of his E-Verify bills, indicating he was keeping them as backup and saying he would support Carr's bill as long as Carr doesn't "compromise." Good heavens, man. You voted to attach a bundle of compromise to Carr's bill.

Apparently, the subcommittee members hadn't read or even seen the amendment, much less understood it, before voting on it.

Voice votes only, no roll call on these bills.

The House speaker pro tem, Rep. Judd Matheny, was present to break any tie -- good on Judd -- but his action wasn't needed.

Even Democratic Rep. Turner's HB1518, to set up a labor-department office for random hiring-compliance audits of employers, was sped out of the Republican-controlled subcommittee.

Three other bills on my radar were advanced: two involving voter requirements, and one about obtaining certain information on children enrolling in public school, and submitting some enrollment information to the education department for reporting purposes -- HB007, HB0324, and HB1085.

The Senate companion bill to Carr's E-Verify bill is SB1669, sponsored by Sen. Jim Tracy. It is scheduled to be heard April 5 in the Senate Commerce, Labor & Agriculture Committee.

See if this works below to get you the video of Rep. Carr's presentation of his bills in subcommittee. Click on the link, and when the video comes up, scroll down the list of bills on the LEFT and click on the first listing of HB1378 you see. The video should then start at that point. That will take you through the hearings of Carr's three bills.

Directly below the video is a scroll button to go forward or back in the proceedings.

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