Immigration Enforcement

Suffern, New York introduces new measure to require E-Verify

By Suzan Clarke • The Journal News • August 15, 2008

SUFFERN – The village now requires that any new contractors with the village subscribe to a federal database and verify every new employee’s eligibility to work.

The program, known as E-Verify, is an Internet-based system that verifies the eligibility of new hires. It is free and is the result of a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. E-Verify is administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Mayor John Keegan said the three trustees present at Monday’s meeting unanimously approved the measure he proposed. He and Trustee Jack Meehan were absent.

“This is something that we want to do to protect the village and also we urge all retailers in Suffern to go into this program for their own benefit,” he said.

“It kind of protects the employee as well as, I guess, customers. I know if I have people working on my house I want to have an idea that I don’t have somebody just lying about their ID or address. … This might have helped prevent the Nagle murder over in New City,” Keegan added. “I don’t know, but it’s possible that if this employee who murdered that lady was processed, maybe he would have been weeded out.”

Keegan was referring to the April 29, 2005, rape, stabbing and murder of Mary Nagle by Ronald Douglas Herrera Castellanos, an illegal immigrant who was working for a contractor hired to powerwash the family’s deck that day.

The killing prompted fierce calls for increased local legislation to verify the identity of contractors’ employees.

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