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Councilman Reeve Proposes Blanket E-Verify Mandate

On Sept. 20, Derek Reeve will ask the rest of the City Council for an ordinance requiring San Juan Capistrano businesses to use a government-run Internet program that checks the eligibility status of workers.

Earlier this summer, City Councilman Derek Reeve . Now he is targeting illegal immigration.

He announced Tuesday that he intends to float an ordinance that would require all San Juan Capistrano businesses to use E-Verify, an electronic database maintained by the federal government to ensure that new hires are U.S. citizens.

Using E-Verify, he said, would become a condition of receiving a business license, which are required of everyone from florists to freelance journalists.

"Assume for a moment there is one job opening in San Juan Capistrano with two applicants. One is a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant, while the other is an unauthorized alien," Reeve said in a press release. "Who should get the job? This is what the San Juan Capistrano Right to Work Act will address."

Reeve will need the support of the at least two other City Council members when he brings up his proposal Sept. 20. In July, he failed to convince them that they should ease up on local gun laws and .

San Juan Capistrano already uses E-Verify to check the citizenship of City Hall workers and those of its contractors. In the past, establishing a blanket requirement for all local employers who do business in the city to use E-Verify was not favored by elected officials.

In April 2010, according to the Orange County Register, then-Mayor Lon Uso proposed revoking business licenses for those who didn't follow through after voluntarily promising to use the verification system.

"When this issue was put on the agenda by former council member Lon Uso, the council members at the time (Sam Allevato, Mark Neilsen, Laura Freese and Tom Hribar) refused to support it," wrote resident Kim McCarthy, a member of Capistrano Common Sense, in the political group's July newsletter.

"I find it disgraceful that four of five of our elected leaders in San Juan Capistrano don’t have the will to protect American jobs," she wrote.

Uso, Neilsen and Hribar are no longer city councilmen. In their place sit Reeve, John Taylor and Larry Kramer.

The majority of the new-ish City Council seemed to agree with McCarthy's call for an E-Verify law in February when U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Las Flores) made his annual visit to San Juan Capistrano. , a tool strongly supported by Calvert himself.

Support for local E-Verify laws is varied across California. In January, Murrieta became the fifth Inland Empire city to require employers to use E-Verify as a condition of operating a business. In doing so, it joined the Riverside County communities of Temecula, Lake Elsinore and Menifee.

At that time, Temecula Mayor Jeff Comerchero told the New York Times "we’re a conservative area, and we’ve had an outcry from our citizens ...  Americans should be filling American jobs.”

In his press release, Reeve cited bleak statewide jobless figures for young adults, teens, Latinos and blacks, positing that illegal immigrants take away jobs that lower socioeconomic groups badly need.

The state employment development department's latest surveys show California's unemployment rate at 12 percent, well above San Juan Capistrano's 8.3 percent.

Correction: an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated Derek Reeve would need four other votes to pass an ordinance mandating businesses use E-Verify.

SJCNative September 08, 2011 at 02:38 AM
Jenna, just out of curiousity, the sixth paragraph said he will need the support of the four other council members. Maybe I am wrong, but does it not take only three members of the City Council, (a majority) to pass an item?
Jenna Chandler September 08, 2011 at 02:48 AM
Yes, you're right—so he'll need two others. I'll make the correction; thanks for pointing it out!
SJCNative September 08, 2011 at 04:28 AM
Thank you Jenna, you are the best !
j denton September 08, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Business need less regulation, why does Reeve (a GOPPER) what more regulation on business
Patrick September 08, 2011 at 05:06 PM
ncluding "freelance journalists?" Is this guy kidding. All families who enjoy a babysitter as they go to the movies? Will they need E-verify? How about those folks at the market place in San Juan once a week? E-verify? Isn't this the guy who doesn't like government intrusion? Mr. Conservative? The hypocrisy is incredible. And oh yes, there are hundreds of San Juan citizens who want to do jobs that are dirty, part time, and poorly paid. If it weren't so sad, it would be laughable.
John Perry September 08, 2011 at 05:37 PM
So Mr Patrick, you believe that "hundreds of San Juan Citizens" who may be out of work would not stoop to do jobs that are dirty or poorly paid. I guess they would rather depend on welfare or unemployment insurance to make a living. What ever happened to personal initiative and self reliance? In you liberal thinking, can you ever conceive of having to get off your lazy rear end to EARN a living for you and your family, by doing what ever it takes. For a liberal that would truly be laughable.
Patrick September 08, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Mr. Perry, I love your over generalizations. Get off my "lazy rear end?" That's laughable. I've topped trees in the Pacific Northwest. I've driven truck. I' ve managed three restaurants, two full service laundromats, worked for PG@E, taught three different levels of schools, traded stocks for a living, become economically independent, written four novels, published numerous magazines articles and stories,learned three languages beside English,served for six years in the armed forces, two active, four active reserve and I've owned two businesses and still have one in my retirement years. I'd match you any day for the variety of hard work I've done. You conservatives always overgeneralize and get yourself in trouble. i even had my own independent delivery service when I was sixteen and living in San Francisco, going to school,playing first string on the football, basketball, and tennis team, getting up at 4:30 every morning, seven days a week, to pick up over a thousand papers from the Chronicle and Examiner Newspaper docks to deliver to my boys and men who sold on the street. You're criticizing the wrong guy. Oh yeah, I put myself through college by washing dishes the first few months before they elevated me to manager of a very popular restaurant in Santa Barbara--The Blue Onion. I could go on, but why bother. Be careful who you call lazy. You might not stack up.
sjcnative1 September 08, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Patrick you should have attended the Cities foreclosures seminar they had a couple of years ago. The Community Center was overflowing with people who were out of work and unable to make their mortgage payments looking for help. You might have then have a different view of your neighbors who are looking for employment and cannot find it.
John Perry September 08, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Gee Patrick with your work history how can you support those who choose not to work but instead hirre the illegals to so it for them? You sound like a conservative. I can get an invite to a Tea Party meeting so you can meet so REAL Americans.
Patrick September 08, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Amazing. Absolutely Amazing.
sjcnative1 September 08, 2011 at 09:50 PM
In reading Patrick's work history, he must be no less than 135 years old to have accomplished what he states that he has. Hmmmm.
John Perry September 09, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Patrick, did you ever have a real job for any length of time. Sounds like you were searching for a career.
Patrick September 09, 2011 at 05:31 PM
When the military takes you away in the middle of a very good career and throws you and your wife and a kid into poverty for a good length of time as a pfc, you get to start all over again. You get discharge and a thanks and now it's time to finish college and provide for a family. Lots of folks of my generation did that. No biggie. Turned down $10,000 a year offer from UPS to take a teaching job in the hills for 3,200 dollars. Why? I believed in public service, as did my of my friends. Got re-offered the job after a year of teaching and thanked them very much. I liked seeing kids succeeding. Have had many job offers since then and still believe that teaching is the noble profession. You affect a person positively for a life time, not just get a new car with big tires and house behind a gate. We lived in the age of idealism and Jack Kennedy and Vista and the Peace Corps. It was before the age of greed.
SJC Leo September 12, 2011 at 12:26 AM
With unemployment at such high levels, doesn't it make sense that American citizens are getting any jobs that might become available?
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr September 20, 2011 at 03:43 PM
I have been fighting for an E-Verify municipal initiative for 3 years in the Northern California city of Novato. It is inconceivable to me that some of our elected officials would rather have local businesses hiring illegal aliens and not American citizens, but they have. Good for Councilman Reeve,

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