Key Issues Discussed at Kentucky Immigration Forum

The fairly new concept of e-verification for immigration workers was one of the topics at a March 8 forum hosted by Blue Grass Farms Charities in conjunction with attorneys from Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs in Lexington, Ky. About 40 Thoroughbred
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The fairly new concept of e-verification for immigration workers was one of the topics at a March 8 forum hosted by Blue Grass Farms Charities in conjunction with attorneys from Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs in Lexington, Ky.

About 40 Central Kentucky Thoroughbred operations were represented at the forum, during which lawyer Glen Krebs of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs provided an overview of how employers should protect themselves when hiring foreign workers. One of the most effective ways to do so, he said, is through e-verification, a voluntary online employee verification tool that helps determine the accuracy of employment eligibility.

The forum was arranged in light of how the illegal immigration issue has resurfaced in Kentucky this year in the form of a bill that passed the Senate in early January. Even though the Democratic-led House has showed little enthusiasm for the legislation, which would subject employers to felony prosecution for assisting undocumented immigrants, the fact the issue has once again come up proves it’s not going away anytime soon.

Other bills introduced this year in the Kentucky legislature include one that requires "all public agencies" to use the "E-Verify" program, and one that would allow police in Kentucky to ask for proof of legality. Krebs said it’s unlikely any immigration laws would change before the next presidential election, though he expects illegal immigration enforcement to expand in the future

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Esther Marr is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.

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