Kennewick council to hear immigration initiative - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Kennewick Council to Hear Immigration Initiative

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Backers of a statewide effort to crack down on the hiring of undocumented workers are making their pitch Tuesday night to the Kennewick City Council.

Craig Keller with the group "Respect Washington" told KONA it wants city officials to require contractors to verify that they are not subsidizing illegal employment.

The group is sponsoring Initiative 1056. It would require state and local agencies to enforce federal immigration laws and verify immigration status to issue driver's licenses and public benefits.

All employers would have to use the "E-Verify" program, which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security.

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