(POLL) 78% of West Virginians support law to verify that workers aren’t illegals

A bill pending in the West Virginia legislature to help control illegal immigration by requiring employers to use the E-Verify system has overwhelming support from the state’s voters.

That’s according to a recent survey by Rasmussen Reports.

E-Verify is an internet-based system of employee verification. It “electronically confirms an employee’s information against millions of government records and provides results within as little as three to five seconds.” 

The system uses records from the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to confirm employment eligibility.

It finds that 78% of likely West Virginian voters say they think the state should mandate that all employers use the federal electronic E-Verify system to help ensure they hire only legal workers for US jobs.

12% say they oppose mandating E-Verify, while another 10% are not sure.

The West Virginia House of Representatives last month passed H.B. 4759, which would require businesses with 15 or more employees to use E-Verify; the measure is now pending in the state Senate. 

The survey found support for H.B. 4759 across party lines among West Virginia voters, with 82% of Republicans, 70% of Democrats and 80% of voters unaffiliated with either major party in favor of mandate that employers use the federal electronic E-Verify system.

Requiring the use of E-Verify is also popular nationwide, with 69% of US likely voters favoring it in the most recent Rasmussen Reports Immigration Index survey. 

To see survey question wording, click here.

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2 thoughts on “(POLL) 78% of West Virginians support law to verify that workers aren’t illegals”

  1. One from column A or one each from column B & C. I had to fill out the I-9 form several times for employment.
    I’m all for a national requirement of E-verify not only for employment but for voting in federal elections.

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