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 with undocumented immigrants.

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 month and lingering in the House ever since.

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.

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 Gallegly and Dan Lungren (R-CA).

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?

“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 districts as immigrant rights and labor groups fight back against a House Bill.

Major news from Alabama today. Federal District Court Judge Sharon Blackburn upheld several sections of Alabama’s worst-in-the-nation immigration law today

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 to as the “GOP’s Jobs-killing Plan.”

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.

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 full House of Representatives.