The Pierce County Council may weigh in on the illegal immigration debate by urging government agencies to check the legal status of their workers.
On June 1 the council will consider a resolution urging the state and local governments in Washington to adopt the federal E-Verify employment verification system to determine the legal status of potential hires. Lakewood and Pierce County already have adopted that system.
The resolution also urges the United States government to “guard the nation’s borders against unlawful alien entry” and urges governments at every level to “facilitate” federal enforcement of laws governing illegal aliens and to change laws that “through insufficient document verification or other processes, assist aliens in maintaining an unlawful presence in the United States.”
You can read the text of the resolution below.
Councilman Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom, co-sponsored the measure with Councilman Shawn Bunney, R-Lake Tapps. Both are running for higher office – Muri for Congress and Bunney for the state House of Representatives.
Muri said illegal immigration is a budget issue for Pierce County government. According to the resolution, last year the county received about $380,000 from the federal government to cover costs associated with 2,100 illegal immigrants detained at the Pierce County jail.