Here's a Capitol riddle for you: Representative Lamar Smith, one of the most reflexively anti-immigrant hard-liners in Congress, is sponsoring a bill to flood the agriculture sector with up to half-a-million visas for guest workers. Understand why and you're well on your way to unpacking the nation's dysfunctional relationship... Continue »
With all that's been happening with the new immigration law in Alabama, it's been hard to remember that there are, in fact, other balls still in the air re: immigration. Take, for example, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)'s mandatory E-Verify bill, passed through the House Judiciary Committee last... Continue »
Here we go again. Every year for the last five, immigration hawks in Congress have sought to require all businesses to use an error-plagued federal system known as E-Verify to ensure that all new hires are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants. Continue »
Last week, we wrote about our Spanish language radio station ad campaign against E-Verify, sponsored by America's Voice Education fund and Service Employees International Union. This week, we want to show off our new print ad, run by La Opinión in districts represented by E-Verify advocates Reps. Elton... Continue »
On September 21, 2011, H.R. 2885, legislation to make E-Verify mandatory across the nation, passed the House Judiciary Committee by a party line vote of 22-13. Does that mean the bill is on a smooth path to become law? Continue »
"My name is Reynaldo Arevalo. I'm a citizen of this country and I've worked as a mushroom picker for more than 20 years. We are human beings and we should be treated as such." These are lines from an ad that will air on Spanish-language radio in key California... Continue »
Major news from Alabama today. Federal District Court Judge Sharon Blackburn upheld several sections of Alabama's worst-in-the-nation immigration law today Continue »
While House Republican leaders try to figure out the timing for when they should drop a floor vote on a flawed mandatory E-Verify bill, America's Voice Education Fund and Service Employees International Union launched a five-figure Spanish-language media campaign to educate constituents about the legislation, which we often refer... Continue »
On Wednesday, September 21, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to send Rep. Lamar Smith's (R-TX) Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885) to the House Floor. Now the rest of the House of Representatives will get a chance to debate this monstrosity. Continue »
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, the most sweeping piece of immigration legislation moving through Congress, will have a hard time getting through the... Continue »