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‘Gang of 8′ adds amendment to clarify E-Verify program

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For the purpose of clarity, a technical change has been made to the original immigration bill. Sen. Chuck Schumer has introduced a manager’s amendment to clarify the E-Verify program.

Here is the language which was added (which can be found on the bottom of Page 518 and top of 519 of new draft):

(A) CONTINUATION OF E-VERIFY PROGRAM.—Notwithstanding the repeals made by paragraph (1), the Secretary shall continue to operate the E-Verify Program as described in section 403 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (division C of Public Law 104–208; 8 U.S.C. 1324a note), as in effect the minute before the date of the enactment of this Act, until the transition to the System described in section 274A(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended by subsection (a), is determined by the Secretary to be complete.

The amendment is likely a response to concerns first raised by TheDC’s Neil Munro.

This strikes me as a good sign the Gang of Eight is listening to its critics, and is open to improving the bill.