Trust, but E-Verify in Pa.

    Pennsylvania lawmakers will meet Thursday for a progress report on a law requiring public works contractors to check the employment eligibility of their crew members.

    Since last year, the law has required contractors and subcontractors to use the federal E-Verify system to check their employees’ immigration status and identity information.

    A fiscal analysis at the time found enforcing the law would cost the state $1.3 million a year.

    The proposal was narrowly tailored when it passed the Legislature with bipartisan support.

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    Reviewing how the law has been implemented for the past year should be fairly harmonious, said state Rep. Mark Cohen, D-Philadelphia.

    Sponsoring state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler County, said he’d like to expand the E-Verify requirement “to every employer in the state.”

    An expansion would ensure that “Americans are doing American jobs,” he said.

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