Pennsylvania Bans Illegal Workers from Publicly Funded Construction Jobs

Contractors who want to work on public projects in Pennsylvania now must verify that all employees are have paperwork in order to work in the US

After six years, the Pennsylvania state legislature has finally approved a bill to prevent undocumented workers from being hired to work on publicly funded construction work.

Approved by a vote of 42-7, Senate Bill 637 by Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, argued that hiring illegal workers took jobs away from U.S. citizens and immigrants who have the proper paper work, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Construction companies working on publicly funded jobs in Pennsylvania will have to verify that all workers were born in the U.S. or are not here illegally and will be required to check Social Security numbers and check the federal Homeland Security identification system. The state Labor and Industry Department will then have to check and make sure all contractors and subcontractors have verified the status of their workers.

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