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Yakima City Council approves use of E-Verify

author Published by Chris Chmielenski

Amid a new round of politically charged rhetoric about illegal immigration, a divided Yakima City Council narrowly reversed itself Tuesday and approved the use of E-Verify over the objection of Hispanic community leaders.

The council voted 4-3 to require that contractors who do business with the city must verify the legal status of their employees by using the controversial federal employment-screening database.

A year ago the council rejected E-Verify by the same margin amid sometimes heated testimony that vilified the online program as prone to mistakes and warned its use would alienate Yakima’s rapidly growing Hispanic population. A study by an outside research firm found the program is not foolproof.


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