Skip to comments.Murrieta Votes to Set Up E Verify in Their City
Posted on 08/19/2010 11:10:06 AM PDT by abigail2
Murrieta to consider E-Verify rule
11:36 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 17, 2010
By JOHN F. HILL
Immigration fight in Murrieta
Rally calls on council to mandate E-Verify, instead of merely "encourage" its use.
Published: 7/17/2010 08:18 PM
The Murrieta City Council unanimously voted late Tuesday to have the city attorney draft an ordinance mandating the use of E-Verify by all city businesses.
A few dozen anti-illegal immigration activists, still present for the 10 p.m. vote, clapped and cheered after the decision. The group had urged the council to mandate the use of the federal program that determines a potential employee's work status.
City attorney Leslie Devaney said the council could have an ordinance to consider by October.
Murrieta is the latest southwest Riverside County city to take up illegal immigration. The council initially was considering a resolution that urged, but did not require, employers to use the system, which checks employment information against government databases. A group of anti-immigration activists urged the council to pass a law mandating use of E-Verify.
Some called the resolution a "cop-out" during a rally before the meeting.
Seventeen people spoke during the public comment session -- all urging the council to mandate E-Verify.
"Get it passed and get these illegals out of here," said Faye Wons.
Eleanor Harvison, 16, of Murrieta, said she is about to enter the work force and that the council should pass a tough law.
"People that are legal should work. People that are illegal shouldn't work. They should work in their own country," Harvison said.
About 25 protesters, many of whom said they were affiliated with local tea party groups, marched outside City Hall before the meeting, chanting: "What do we want? E-Verify!" and "USA, USA!" Their signs read "Adopt Mexico's immigration policies," and "E-Verify makes the job hunt fair again!"
Council members questioned staff about how the city would enforce a mandate, what it could cost and whether the city could be sued if it passed one.
Councilman Rick Gibbs said he felt the city could pass a mandate, and should because "there is no immigration system in this country."
Murrieta uses E-Verify to check the status of potential city employees.
Arizona's law mandating E-Verify has been challenged in court and will be taken up by the Supreme Court in its next session. In a report prepared for the Murrieta meeting, Senior Management Analyst Brian Ambrose recommended the city pass the resolution while waiting for a court ruling.
The Inland Empire Rapid Response Network, an immigrants' rights group, said in a statement before the meeting that conservative groups pushing Murrieta and other governments to pass E-Verify laws are letting federal officials off the hook for fixing immigration problems.
"Instead, these groups are directing their anger against local immigrant families who are already suffering from our broken immigration system, with far-fetched claims and anti-immigrant tirades that have little to do with E-Verify," the statement said.
Temecula, Lake Elsinore and Menifee have passed E-Verify laws. Other southwest Riverside County cities are considering them.
Reach John F. Hill at 951-375-3738 or johnhill@PE.com
Live in rural, but was developing before the Housing bubble burst Riverside County, not the City of Riverside.
Full of illegals. Have to wade through them to get to the County road just to get to town, and then they are all along Van Buren Blvd. waiting for some fool to pick ‘em up, and pay ‘em to pick weeds, and stuff.
We don’t hire ‘em around here, but the damned Liberals down the way both do. Really ticks me off.
“You guys up there ought to get some of your local city councils or even the county supervisors on board with e-verify. Its not that hard to do.
WE CAN TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK.!”
In our county ( on the border with Oregon) it’s not hiring illegal aliens that is our problem.(NO one has a job here!) It’s thousands of well armed Mexican illegal alien Drug cartels growing dope next door!
Deputies shoot and kill man guarding pot garden (Mexican Cartels)
Maybe you should get a bumper sticker that reads:
“E-verify the dope dealers”.
Good for some laughs anyway.
“Maybe you should get a bumper sticker that reads:
E-verify the dope dealers.
Good for some laughs anyway.”
It’s not just ILLEGAL aliens. Our Sheriff has captured some of the growers with USA issued agriculture green cards (temp workers, don’t ya know)
We were there, they have e verify, they have a great lady mayor now.
Good to hear.
Yes, coming to a city near you! Unless you live in L.A. or S.F.
(nods in agreement)
Yes, my sister lives in the bay area and she will not even listen to anything that contradicts her the Cronicle!
I don’t know the Inland Empire is pretty tough. THey all passed ordinances to support Arizona too.
THat is what is so great about this. It is a little thing but it’s nice to know you have authority to do this and makes you think what else you can do. It is possible to take our country back.
Now I’m for that...
Yup, anyone can do it in a conservative city. We even have a sample letter for you council people set up on our ning site.
Many council people are patriotic amercians who love their country. I have met some good ones.
Councilman Douglas Mcalister of Murrieta is particularly good.
It was like having one of us up on the council seat.
And don’t forget Norco, they were all great in their cowboy hatsexcept one nervous nellie
Article is NOT accurate, as actual vote on E-Verify was not taken.
Thats true. But there will be. They don’t go to the trouble of drafting an ordinance unless theire is support.
I can post a sample council letter if snyone wants to see one.
What happened then. That is what I was led to believe...they were putting together an ordinance that would be ready on or about October 1st. Were you there
Riverside is not going to do it unless they replace some of those council people, and especially the mayor. We need to know how they all stand on the issue now.