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E-Verify bill approved by House Judiciary Subcommittee

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Lawmakers in Washington DC moved closer to implementing the E-Verify program at a national level. The House Judiciary Subcommittee passed a bill requiring employers to use E-Verify.

E-verify is an internet based program that checks to see if someone is eligible to work in the country.

The Washington Farm Labor Association says they don't oppose E-Verify, but they also want a bill that updates guest farmworker rules at the same time.

"We have an intolerable system, we have a system that's broken, we have anywhere from eight-to-ten million people here that are, you know, not authorized to be here, and it causes all kinds of problems for everyone," says Dan Fazio of the Washington Farm Labor Association.

Fazio says these seasonal workers take jobs that others won't. He points out there's a shortage of farmworkers this year, even with nine percent unemployment.