Rep. Rinaldi Files Legislation Aimed at Employers Who Knowingly Hire Illegal Immigrants
January 23, 2017

Rep. Rinaldi Files Legislation Aimed at Employers Who Knowingly Hire Illegal Immigrants

Austin– State Representative Matt Rinaldi strengthened his conservative agenda for the 85th Legislature on Monday, filing HB 1222 to crack down on Texas employers who knowingly and repeatedly hire illegal immigrants.

Federal law assigns a range of fines, penalties, and potentially even jail time for hiring illegal workers. However, the federal government under President Obama has largely abandoned efforts at enforcement. Despite calls to action from state leaders including former governor Rick Perry, the legislature has not yet adopted every tool at its disposal to eliminate the employment magnet attracting illegal immigrants across the border. HB 1222 would require the Texas Workforce Commission to suspend for one year any state licenses held by a business which knowingly and repeatedly hires illegal workers. Any employer who uses E-Verify or conducts other due diligence and is deceived by fraudulent work authorization paperwork would not face penalties.

“Businesses should not be allowed to profit by knowingly breaking our immigration laws,” said Representative Rinaldi. “HB 1222 gives Texas a valuable enforcement mechanism that will help us to gain control of our borders by curbing the demand for illegal labor.”


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