E-Verify project can’t overcome immigration politics

An attempt Tuesday by Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, to create a one-year pilot project of the federal electronic employment verification program was derailed by the usual immigration politics, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Brunk wanted to test the E-Verify system, which checks citizenship status, on applicants for state government jobs before requiring the private sector or local units of government to use it. He warned his Federal and State Affairs Committee that if lawmakers loaded up the bill with other requirements – such as that law enforcement officers check the immigration status of people they encounter – he would stop debate. But other lawmakers couldn’t resist trying to broaden the bill, and the measure quickly stalled.