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DHS suspends E-Verify plan

WASHINGTON D.C. – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has put off implementation of the Bush-era effort to crack down on illegal-immigrant working for federal contractors. At the same time, she calls for a speeding up of the deportation of an estimated 450,000 U.S. jail inmates who are in the country illegally. For lack of coordination among federal officials, some of these criminals are being released instead of being deported immediately.
The E-Verify program, whose implementation was deferred from Feb. 20 to May 21, requires federal contractors to check their employees’ legal work status against a government database – a key element in President Bush’s border-security plans. Republican Sen. Lamar Smith of Texas questioned the suspension saying that while Congress was wrestling with the stimulus package to provide new jobs for Americans, DHS has deferred implementation of the program.
“It is ironic that at the same time President Obama was pushing for passage of the stimulus package to help the unemployed, his administration delayed implementation of a rule designed to protect jobs for U.S. citizens and legal workers: the requirement that federal contractors use E-Verify,” Mr. Smith said.

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