Huber proposes no-nonsense Immigration ordinance for city
Simi Valley, CA (7/19/2010): As mayor, Bob Huber will introduce an ordinance requiring every company that does business with the City of Simi Valley and every business that applies for a business permit in Simi Valley to use E-Verify to ensure every employee has a legal right to work in the United States.
Under the ordinance, all city employees would also be screened by E-verify.
By doing so, Simi Valley will join Lancaster, Palmdale, Mission Viejo, Temecula and other California cities and numerous states in reserving jobs for those who have a legal right to work.
“It is really not clear why the City has not taken this simple step to protect jobs in Simi Valley for hard-working and law-abiding citizens,” Huber said. “E-Verify is virtually fail-safe, simple and cost-free to employers.”
E-verify is an easy-to-use, Internet based system that compares a person’s name with his or her Social Security number and birth date. Employers would submit a new employee’s name, birth date and Social Security number to the federal government where it is screened through the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security databases. If the check reveals a mismatch, the employee would have 60 days to clear up the discrepancy or be terminated.
“One of the reasons I like E-Verify is that it eliminates racial profiling from the process,” Huber said. “The computer doesn’t care what race, color, creed or gender a worker is. It only cares that a person’s name and Social Security number match.”
It also eliminates the use of counterfeit documents prevalent through the use of 1-9 forms, which the city now requires under federal law. Documents meant to prove citizenry that are submitted with the 1-9 form are not checked through any database. In fact, in the words of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service, employers only need “to certify that the documents presented reasonably appear (on their face) to be genuine and to relate to the individual.” Forgery is commonplace.
More than 192,000 participating employers at more than 705,000 worksites nationwide currently use E-Verify to electronically verify their worker’s employment eligibility.
Huber’s E-Verify proposal is the first in a series of public positions he will unveil in the coming months that are vital to making Simi Valley a better place to live and raise our families but that have not been considered by the current City Council or that have not received the attention the importance of the issue requires.
Huber has a long record of innovation. As a member of the Simi Valley City Council from 1980-1984, Huber initiated the City’s Fiscal Protection Advisory Committee; the City’s affordable Housing Committee; the City’s Tree Preservation Ordinance; and the official City Historian position. As a trustee of the Ventura County Community College District, where he now serves as Chair of the Board, Huber initiated the “District Wide Emergency Response” for all three Community Colleges to protect the students after the Virginia Tech tragedy in 2007. The VCCCD was the first in the state to implement such an emergency program and received a special commendation form the State Chancellor’s office.