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Officials in Escondido will consider making some changes to a city ordinance that requires all private companies with city contracts to check their employee's immigration status. Instead of requiring businesses use E-Verify, public officials will "strongly encourage" using the online verification system.

The change comes nearly one month after Governor Jerry Brown signed the Employment Acceleration Act, a law that prohibits government entities from forcing private contractors to check for undocumented workers online.

In March, Escondido city councilmembers approved a resolution mandating the use of E-Verify, making it the first city in San Diego County to require businesses screen employees as a condition of receiving government work.

On Wednesday that will change.

"Beginning on January 2012, Escondido may no longer require contractors that do business with the City to utilize E-Verify...the City will now strongly encourage all contractors to utilize E-Verify," reads a city staff report.

The City, however, does not plan to stop using the program on all new city employees.

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