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Tennessee lawmaker is again pushing legislation that would require more Tennessee small businesses to use the E-Verify program.

Tennessee lawmaker is again pushing legislation that would require more Tennessee small businesses to use the E-Verify program.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A Tennessee lawmaker is again pushing legislation that would require more Tennessee small businesses to use the E-Verify program to screen whether workers have legal immigration status to work in the U.S.

Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) has filed a series of bills over his term in office aimed at decreasing illegal immigration to Tennessee and addressing the issue of illegal aliens already living and working in the Volunteer State.

“I want to make Tennessee be the very last place that illegal aliens want to come and all of bills seek to do just that,” Griffey said. “In addition, everyone should have to obey the laws equally. It is a fundamental principle and value in America.”

Griffey has refiled a bill and wants businesses across the state to E-Verify a possible employee’s work eligibility. Currently, Griffey says private businesses with 50 or more employees must use E-Verify. The bill would expand this to say that private businesses with 6 or more employees, as well as all government agencies, use E-Verify confirm someone’s work eligibility.

“I want to make Tennessee be the very last place that illegal aliens want to come and all of bills seek to do just that,” Griffey said. “In addition, everyone should have to obey the laws equally. It is a fundamental principle and value in America.”

The bill was originally filed as HB1239 last year. It passed in the House, but the Senate did not take it up.

The new proposal will go before the House Banking & Consumer Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday.

“This must end, and, in order to bring it to an end, I want to curtail the ability of illegal aliens to obtain jobs or benefits in Tennessee,” Griffey stated.

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