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Thrasher amendment would fine employers who hire undocumented immigrants

Add another amendment to the ones under consideration for SB 2040, the immigration bill under consideration now in the Florida Senate.

Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, is proposing requiring every state agency -- and not just workforce agencies -- use the federal government's e-Verify system.

It would also fine employers who after July 1, 2012, hire an undocumented immigrant if the employer did not use e-Verify or rely on a state workforce agency that used e-Verify. The first fine would be up to $500 per undocumented employee, the second up to $1,000 and subsequent fines up to $1,500. 

The change would give employers an incentive to check employees' immigration status, Thrasher said.

"We're simply saying if you want to use it, it's out there," he said.