Last week, the House Judiciary Committee passed HR 3711, the Legal Workforce Act, by a party line vote of 20-10. Former Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), who announced his retirement from Congress this week after 16 terms, has championed the improvement and expansion of the E-Verify Program for years, and has won over many of its opponents in the process. During debate on the bill, Members on both sides acknowledged the importance of immigration enforcement, but Democrats ultimately voted against the measure, citing frustration over the lack of a comprehensive approach to addressing America’s immigration system.
NMHC and NAA joined a letter of support for the bill recently, highlighting the importance of a strong safe harbor for good faith employer/users as part of any E-Verify expansion.
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- Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee to Urge Reform and Reauthorize of the EB-5 Regional Center Program Before It Expires on September 30
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- Senate Spends Week Debating Immigration, Both Parties Leave Empty Handed
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