HCS HB 275 – Federal work
authorization. Requires all employers and business entities to
enroll and actively participate in a federal work authorization program and
imposes stricter penalties for employing an unauthorized alien.
SB 203 – Unauthorized and
unlawfully present aliens. Repeals provisions relating to unauthorized
and unlawfully present aliens. Among other provisions, requires the highway
patrol to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the federal government
to have members trained to enforce federal immigration laws; bars
municipalities from adopting policies designed to give aliens sanctuary when
they are present in violation of federal immigration laws, and makes any
municipality that adopts such a policy ineligible for any state grants.
Requires applicants for public benefits to provide proof
of citizenship, residency or lawful presence in order to receive benefits.
Bars certain employers from knowingly misclassifying
employees; bars employers from knowingly employing unauthorized aliens, with
violators being subject to suspension of business permits and licenses; states
that any violator under contract with the state may have their contracts voided
and be barred from contracting with the state for three years, with subsequent
violations resulting in a permanent bar from contracting with the state.
Prohibits the Department of Revenue from issuing any
driver’s license to an unauthorized alien or anyone who cannot prove lawful
presence; requires that written tests for commercial drivers licenses be
administered only in English.
Creates a presumption that releasing a person under any
conditions set by the court pending legal proceedings shall not reasonably
assure the person’s appearance if the judge reasonably believes the person is
an unauthorized alien; requires that if such a presumption exists, the person
must be jailed until he or she provides verification of lawful presence.