The Suffolk County Legislature in New York is poised to vote on a bill that would permit the county to fine contractors who employ immigrants not authorized to work in the United States.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy said he introduced the bill in an effort to deter employers from hiring illegal immigrants. He claims the measure is necessary because the federal government is failing to adequately enforce the Simpson-Mazzoli law, a 1986 federal statute formally known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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