Bloggings on I-9 E-Verify Immigration Compliance

Bruce Buchanan

570 Georgia Government Agencies face Penalties under Immigration Law

In September 2012, the Georgia Audits and Accounts Department sent a list of 570 government
agencies to the Department of Community Affairs, saying they have not filed annual E-Verify reports and those not complying with the law could be cut off from certain state funding - including state community development block grants-until they file their reports with state auditors.

Under Georgia’s law requiring use of E-Verify by government agencies and private employers, government employers with two or more employees file annual reports certifying they and their public works contractors are using E-Verify. Some government agencies might have no or one employees and would therefore be exempt under the law.

The state's list included four counties outside the Atlanta area, more than 130 cities across the state, including Atlanta-area cities of East Point, Lilburn and Norcross, and more than 400 other government entities, including hospital, housing and development authorities. Lilburn officials said they were using E-Verify as required by law and would send the state reports that certify this. East Point and Norcross officials said they were looking into the matter.

Previously, on June 25, 2012, state auditors sent a letter warning nearly 1,200 government agencies
that they were not complying with the law and the Immigration Enforcement Review Board could sanction them, including fines up to $5,000 for officials who "knowingly" violate the law.

About The Author

Bruce E. Buchanan is an attorney at the at Nashville Office of Siskind Susser, P.C. He represents individuals and employers in all aspects of immigration law, with an emphasis on immigration compliance for employers, and employment/labor law. Mr. Buchanan received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1982 and a B.S. degree from Florida State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Buchanan has been in private practice since 2003. Beforehand, he served as Senior Trial Specialist for the National Labor Relations Board for 20 years. He also served from 1991 to 2003 as Adjunct Professor at William H. Bowen UALR School of Law, where he taught courses in Labor Law and Employment Law. Mr. Buchanan was chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Immigration Law Section from 2011 to 2012 and has been the editor of the TBA's Immigration Law Section Newsletter and the TBA's Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter since 2009. Mr. Buchanan is a frequent writer and speaker on immigration compliance as well as labor law, wage & hour law and proposed federal legislation. He is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves as the Advocacy Liaison of the Mid-South Chapter of AILA. Mr. Buchanan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) and is an associate member of the Mid-Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors. Mr. Buchanan is admitted to practice in Tennessee, Florida, and Arkansas, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and D.C. Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle District of Tennessee and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.

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