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Stimulus Conference Committee Strips E-Verify Protections for American Workers

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

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Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) issued a press release tonight decrying the removal of House-passed E-Verify worker protections from the conference committee report, which could be voted on as early as tomorrow. He notes that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) were responsible. See Roy Beck's blog for more commentary on this injustice.

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Congressional Conferees to Decide Fate of E-Verify Amendments on Stimulus Package

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Leaders from both the House and Senate began meeting on Tuesday night and will continue to meet on Wednesday to try and reach a compromise between the two different versions of the economic stimulus package. The House version contains two E-Verify amendments, which would extend the worker verification tool for another five years and require all businesses using stimulus money to use it. The Senate version does not contain the amendments.

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Senate Stimulus Passes and Allows for the Hiring of Illegal Aliens

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The Senate has passed an $838 billion economic stimulus package with a vote of 61-37. The Senate bill as it stands allows for the hiring of illegal aliens. The House and Senate will now confer to come up with a unified proposal that will then need approval from both the House and Senate before being sent to the President.

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Colorado Cleaning Company Sues Competitors Alleging they Hired Illegal Workers

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A Boulder, Colo. cleaning company is suing because of lost business to two companies that they claim hire illegal workers. Dustbusters filed a lawsuit against Longmont’s Finishing Touch Janitorial Services and Loveland’s Porter Industries after losing city contracts, including one to clean the public library.

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Microsoft Lobbied for More H-1Bs Before Announcing Layoffs

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According to a Business Week article, Microsoft posted a policy proposal on Barack Obama's transition website on Jan. 5 requesting that his administration remove the caps on visas for high-skilled foreign workers. The company announced just 17 days later that it was planning to eliminate 5,000 jobs as well as contract jobs.

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