The federal government is not recognizing the state’s right to use E-Verify – – a process that employers use to check immigration status.
Governor Nikki Haley says she is not getting answers from homeland security on repeated requests for South Carolina access to documents that confirm employers are using E-Verify.
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According to the state Director of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Catherine Templeton, yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling supporting Arizona’s E-Verify process may help South Carolina’s argument. Arizona argued that the state has a right to enforce immigration matters and the Supreme Court agreed.
Governor Haley also argues that the legislature actually mandated E-Verify use in law. From that, Templeton says she has 24 E-Verify enforcement agents with nothing to do. Templeton rejects the idea of the state choosing another tactic besides the E-Verify system.