The bill applies to employers who have been convicted in federal court of a pattern of practice of willfully and deliberately employing illegal immigrants, Obenshain has said.The bill goes to the governor's desk to be signed but remarks he made earlier this year indicated he was in favor of the bill and would sign it.
According to the proposed legislation, the state could revoke the employer’s business license for at least a year.
Obenshain developed the legislation in cooperation with Virginia Employers for Sensible Immigration Policy.
Supporters say the proposed legislation would help build a labor force of legal immigrants, something that leaders in the state’s agricultural industry say is needed.
Hobey Bauhan, president of the Virginia Poultry Federation, has said the coalition wants to promote a climate in Virginia that leads to a ready pool of legal immigrant workers. The federation is a member of the coalition.
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