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AJC forces housing authority’s hand on illegal immigrants

An investigative analysis by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution turned up evidence that the Barnesville Housing Authority either failed or refused to comply with Georgia’s year-old provisions to ensure illegal immigrants do not fill taxpayer-supported jobs or work on projects at taxpayer-supported entities like public housing. According to the AJC, the “issue is the centerpiece of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, which is aimed at blocking illegal immigrants from taking jobs from U.S. citizens and stopping taxpayer support for government contractors who hire illegal immigrants.” The vast majority of private employers and all government agencies are required to use the federal E-Verify program which assists employers in determining whether or not their employees are authorized to work in this country. According to the AJC, the Barnesville Housing Authority never even signed up to use E-Verify as required by the law until its reporters asked why it was not registered.

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