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Mandatory E-Verify Passes House Judiciary Committee; GOP Divisions Could Keep It from House Floor

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed Rep. Lamar Smith’s mandatory E-Verify bill on a party-line vote, and you can bet that the GOP leadership is sweating about this. If Smith’s E-Verify plan is successful, it would devastate the agriculture industry, where undocumented immigrants make up 75% of the workforce.

Republicans Defeat Amendments That Would Protect Workers, Proving E-Verify Is Anti-Worker

Yesterday, The House Judiciary Committee approved Rep. Lamar Smith’s E-Verify bill on a party-line vote after considering a series of amendments. Rep. Lamar Smith has consistently maintained that his E-Verify bill is about protecting American workers, even though it’s clearly not.

House Judiciary Committee Passes Lamar Smith’s E-Verify Bill on Party Line Vote

The House Judiciary Committee just voted, 22 – 13, to pass Rep. Lamar Smith’s E-Verify bill, H.R. 2885. It was a party line vote. All the Democrats voted no while the GOP members voted with Smith. The next step in the House is up to Republican leadership. And, Smith’s bill is generating serious controversy among traditional GOP allies.

Republicans push for mandatory E-Verify; farmers not so sure

A hotly contested bill moving this week would compel employers to verify worker eligibility via the Internet while it ratchets up the nation’s perennial immigration debate. Farmers fear it. Skeptics sweat potential errors. But in the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee, mandatory E-Verify is now an idea whose time has come.

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