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Senate Recesses Without Taking Up E-Verify Reauthorization

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The Senate started its summer recess without taking up the E-Verify reauthorization bill (H.R. 6633) the House passed by a 407-2 margin. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has been holding E-Verify hostage in the Senate until he gets 500,000 additional permanent foreign worker visas. These are simple "skilled" visas, where an individual doesn't need any specialized training or education (other than two years of college). As such, the legislation would keep a half-million Americans out of work.

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'Worst' Job Reports from Feds Today, But Sen. Menendez and Rep. Lofgren Fight for Hundreds of Thousands More Foreign Workers

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The U.S. Department of Labor today announced some of the worst stats on the fate of American workers in years while Sen. Menendez of New Jersey and Rep. Lofgren of California fought to import hundreds of thousands of additional foreign workers. This morning, Rep. Lofgren shoved her foreign worker bill through the House immigration panel, not allowing amendments to protect American workers.

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New Pilot Program Gives Fugitive Aliens a Chance to Self-Deport

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ICE yesterday announced the introduction of a self-deportation pilot program for fugitive aliens called "Operation Scheduled Departure." Fugitive aliens are illegal aliens who are under court order to leave the United States but took flight after being released on their own recognizance. The Washington Post reports the program will give these absconders 90 days to put their affairs in order and in some cases leave with some family members. By turning themselves in, they will avoid the risk of being caught and jailed.

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Census Data Indicates 1 Million Illegal Aliens Left -- Without Jobs, They Go Home

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Pro-amnesty leaders had reasons to be distraught as the U.S. House passed a "clean" re-authorization of E-Verify for 5 years just after the release of a report that perhaps a million unlawfully present foreign citizens may have left the U.S. during the past year. One of the main arguments for an amnesty is that nothing -- NOTHING -- can cause most of the 12 million illegal residents to go back to their home countries.

The pro-amnesty spokespersons were falling all over themselves telling the news media that the exodus is not what it seems to be.

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Grassley, 12 Other Senators Call for Passage of E-Verify Reauthorization Bill in Senate

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Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) yesterday led a group of Senators in asking Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to ensure passage of legislation to reauthorize E-Verify before the program expires in November. In a related press release, Sen. Grassley noted "Congress is running out of time to reauthorize and even enhance E-Verify. If this program expires, it gives employers even greater opportunity to hire illegal aliens…It's time for the Majority Leader to act and ensure this tool is available for employers who want to do their part to comply with the law."

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E-Verify Agreement Reached In U.S. House

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Mostly good news to report this evening from multiple sources in the U.S. House -- negotiators have agreed to a 5-year re-authorization of the E-Verify program to keep illegal aliens out of U.S. jobs and without the strings attached that had threatened to strangle it in future years. There are several indicators that many Members of Congress in both Parties really listened to you the citizens through your hundreds of thousands of faxes and phone calls this past week.

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Pressure Forces Ga. County To Comply With Law, Check Eligibility for Public Benefits

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In the wake of pressure from immigration reduction activist D.A. King and NumbersUSA members, Cobb County, Georgia will begin checking the immigration status of every applicant for a business license. As of July 1, 2007, Georgia law required all local governments to use certain federal tools to determine the eligibility of applicants for "public benefits" such as business licenses. However, Cobb County is the first local government in the state to commit to do so, the Marietta Daily Journal reports

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Oregon Sees Fall in License Seekers After Requiring Proof of Legal Residence

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The State of Oregon has seen a fall in the number of individuals seeking driver's licenses after implementing rules that require license seekers to show a valid Social Security number, proof of identity, and proof of Oregon residency.

The State has also seen a sharp decrease in the number of Spanish-language tests taken and a increase in the number seekers being turned away due to a lack of documentation.

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This Week May Be the Beginning of the End of Immigration Enforcement

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Our Capitol Hill Team has been gathering information from elected officials and staffers all evening, and the picture is clear that the planned vote this week on re-authorizing the E-Verify system is a battle over whether the federal government will continue to enforce immigration laws at all.

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Va. Jails Now Check Immigration Status of Foreign Inmates

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A Virginia law took effect this month which requires local jails to contact ICE to check the immigration status of all foreign-born inmates, irrespective of whether they are in the country legally. While the law hasn’t received as much attention as the 287(g)-related illegal alien crackdown in Prince William County, Va., it will benefit other jurisdictions seeking to identify and deport illegal alien inmates. The law may not have the force multiplier effect that results from Prince William’s policy, however.

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