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An open letter from leaders of the groups Take Back Washington, Tea Party Nation, Downsize DC, GOProud, the D.C. Tea Party and other conservative groups calls on members of Congress to reject the Legal Workforce Act, a bill sponsored by U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that would mandate the use of the electronic identification system E-Verify by all businesses nationwide.
The Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform announced on a conference call Thursday they do not support the “Legal Workforce Act,” which would mandate E-Verify at the national level. The bill was introduced this week by Republican Congressman Lamar Smith.
On Wednesday, a U.S. House subcommittee will discuss a bill filed by chair Lamar Smith, R-Texas, that would require the use of E-Verify, the federal program that verifies if a worker is authorized to work in the U.S.
BusinessWeek on Saturday reported that Congress--looking to require all U.S. businesses to use E-Verify to ascertain that each employee hired is legally able to work in the country--could destroy the American agriculture sector in the process.
The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld (pdf.) the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act, a decision that deepens the debate between between supporters and detractors of mandatory state and federal E-Verify programs.
A Senate committee axed three Republican immigration bills Monday. The committee, on a party-line vote, turned down legislation that targeted voting accessibility and immigration concerns. Also killed was a bill ridiculed by some as a "birther bill." That legislation would have required elected officials to present proof of citizenship upon taking office.
Colorado Second District Congressman Jared Polis on Wednesday tried again to spur his colleagues to work to fix the nation's broken immigration system. A champion of comprehensive federal reform from the time he entered Congress in 2008, Polis said Americans everywhere and across the political spectrum are demanding change. He suggested that politics should no longer get in the way of action on what has become a divisive issue coast to coast. "This nation has over 15 million people who are here illegally, and yet I don't hear one word about comprehensive immigration reform," he said from the floor of the House.
As Colorado enters life with Secure Communities, Rhode Island exits stage left. Less than a day after taking office, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed an order getting the state out of E-Verify and other immigration programs.
WASHINGTON — A protracted partisan U.S. Senate skirmish has left hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans without unemployment benefits — an impasse that Democrats leaders are hoping to break this week. They have their work cut out for them.