Activist: GDOT Is Breaking State’s Immigration Law
Violation May Make It Easier For Contractors To Hire Illegal ImmigrantsBy Jeff Chirico, CBS Atlanta Investigative Reporter
August 18, 2010
ATLANTA — Illegal immigration activist D.A. King said the Georgia Department of Transportation violated state law that requires government contractors verify employees’ legal working status.
King said the affidavit GDOT uses to comply with the law doesn’t require all the information mandated by House Bill 2 passed in 2009. The legislation clarifies wording in Georgia’s Security and Immigration Compliance Act signed in 2006.
The allegations come on the heels of a CBS Atlanta investigation that questioned whether a GDOT contractor hired an illegal worker.
An affidavit obtained from GDOT shows the agency didn’t require a contractor to provide a registration number and date for the federal government’s employment verification database known as E-Verify.
GDOT spokesman David Spear said in an email that apparently GDOT used the wrong affidavit. He said he isn’t sure if it was an isolated incident. VIDEO HERE
King said he believes the violation could make it easier for GDOT contractors to get away with hiring illegal immigrants.