Springfield Council Certifies E-Verify Requirement
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The Springfield City Council reluctantly certified a voter-approved ordinance requiring employers to use a federal program to check their employees' immigration status.
After the council certified the ordinance Tuesday, City Manager Greg Burris said he is praying the city is sued so it doesn't have to enforce it.
The ordinance requires Springfield businesses to use the E-Verify program to check employees' status. Businesses that don't use the system could be fined. The ordinance was drafted by the Ozarks Minutemen and approved by voters Feb. 7.
Among other problems, Burris says the proposed fines are forbidden by federal law.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Burris also says the ordinance is so broad that employers of any size could be affected, from a housekeeper to large corporations.