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Various Authors 9:01 a.m., Feb. 26
County supervisor Dianne Jacob wants companies that have contracts with San Diego County to register with the Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system to ensure that none of their employees are in the country illegally.
Jacob announced the initiative to her colleagues during a June 14 board meeting, after public testimony from El Cajon resident Edward Espinoza.
"I would like to inform the boardmembers on how illegal immigrants are infiltrating the workforce," Espinoza said during public comment. "I had to resign from my construction trade union due to an illegal immigrant issue."
Espinoza continued, saying that construction unions allow undocumented workers to join as long as they pay their dues.
"If a union construction project is getting built in the county, you can rest assured that illegal immigrants are building the project.... I have found that employers prefer to hire illegal immigrants over United States citizens."
After the testimony, Jacob took the mic, telling her colleagues that she has been working to bring the E-Verify system to San Diego County.
"We must be thinking alike," Jacob told Espinoza. She went on to say that the issue will be before the board at a future meeting.