NC governor signs bill requiring immigration status checks


Businesses, cities and counties in North Carolina are going to have to start checking the immigration status of new hires reports the Winston-Salem Journal.

Gov. Beverly Perdue yesterday signed into law a bill directing employers to use the federal government’s E-Verify system to prevent illegal immigrants from landing jobs. The legislation makes exceptions for companies that employ fewer than 25 people or which use seasonal workers.

Local governments will have to start checking in October. Large companies will have to start checking a year after that. Smaller companies will have to start checking in July 2013.

The legislation allows people to anonymously report suspicions that a company is employing an illegal worker.

North Carolina’s state government and colleges have used the E-Verify system for five years. Read More.


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