E-Verify is Granted a Short Term Extension
October 10, 2008
This comes from National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) lobbying firm, Greenberg Traurig.
A bruising partisan battle over an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws is expected to surface in the early days of the next Congress and new presidential administration, a clash that already has lawmakers, lobbyists and immigration advocates gearing up to fight. The stage was set in a little-noticed provision in the continuing resolution that Congress recently passed to keep the federal government functioning into March. The provision gives a short-term extension to the Homeland Security Department’s E-Verify program, which offers employers an online tool to verify the legal status of workers. The extension ends March 6 — a mere 45 days after either Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois or Republican candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona takes office. “Does a President McCain or Obama want to step in next March in the middle of a cat fight? Hell no,” one congressional aide said. Some lawmakers, mostly Republicans, sought a long-term extension of E-Verify.
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