SPRINGFIELD — Springfield residents might be asked to vote on an initiative requiring businesses to use a federal program to check the legal status of workers.
A group called the Ozarks Minutemen filed an initiative petition Tuesday that would require businesses to use a computer program called E-Verify to avoid hiring immigrants who are in the country illegally.
Jerry Wilson, a spokesman for the Ozarks Minutemen, said the group is frustrated that businesses aren't using the program.
The Springfield News-Leader reported that businesses suspected of employing illegal immigrants could face fines up to $499 and suspension of their city business licenses. However, they would not be penalized if they could prove a worker's status had been checked.