As I posted last week, immigration and labor advocates have been working nonstop to track the stimulus package in the House, Senate, and Conference to make sure that participation in the E-Verify/Basic Pilot program is not made mandatory for people receiving stimulus funds (S. 1 or H.R. 1).
Our work paid off!
The conference report released this morning confirmed that we managed to keep E-Verify out of the stimulus package. Page 135 of the report reads:
"The conference agreement does not include the following provisions proposed by the House: requirements for timely award of grants, use it or lose it requirements for grantees; set-asides for management and oversight; as these issues have been addressed, in certain circumstances, within the appropriate appropriating paragraphs. In addition, the conference agreement does not include the following provision proposed by the House: requirements regarding funding for the State of Illinois; and requirements for participation in E-Verify."
Good work friends! And if our victories over SCHIP and the E-Verify say something about the future of immigration policy, things are looking good!