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Costa Mesa Considers Implementing Immigration Status Checks

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The Costa Mesa City Council will discuss looking into implementing the federal E-Verify program used to check the immigration status of people, reports the Daily Pilot.Mayor Allan Mansoor, described as "a staunch critic of illegal immigration," is behind the request to his Council in order to see if the program can be part of a solution to the problem of illegal immigration in Costa Mesa.

There are three prongs of the issue the Council will explore:

how the city can use E-Verify in its employment process; how the city can create "clauses" in its contracts or agreements to require those seeking contracts with Costa Mesa to use E-Verify before hiring; and how the city can require employers seeking business licenses to use the system.
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"More than 216,000 employers are enrolled in the program, with over 8.7 million queries run through the system in fiscal year 2009," explains the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "There have been over 13 million queries run through the system in fiscal year 2010 (as of July 31, 2010)." It is free for employers to use; they run the prospective hire's information as provided on the I-9 form into the internet-based program to verify immigration status. Costa Mesa's study session council meeting takes place at 4 p.m. today.