Sep 23, 2011

Immigration Politics: House immigration status-check bill faces tough road "The House Judiciary Committee this week passed a Republican-sponsored bill that would require private businesses to use a federal program that checks the immigration status of all job applicants. The bill ... will have a hard time getting through the full House of Representatives, let alone passing the Democrat-controlled Senate and getting a signature from President Obama.

At a time when House Republicans are pushing a job-creating, regulation-slashing agenda, Democrats say the immigration verification program, called E-Verify, will cost hundreds of thousands of Americans their jobs, and impose another, expensive layer of regulation on struggling U.S. businesses.

... Even some Republicans worry about the impact a nationwide E-Verify program would have on the economy. Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., a member of theJudiciary Committee, said the agricultural industry would lose thousands of workers who couldn't be replaced without an accompanying guest-worker program that would allow foreign nationals to work American fields."

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