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As the Alabama state legislature begins its new legislative session today, the costs and consequences of the state’s “papers, please” anti-immigration law is the hottest political topic in the state. In light of the many controversies and unintended consequences related to the law’s provisions, including the sticker shock of up to $11 billion the law would cost the state’s GDP, changes to the immigration law are likely during the legislative session.

Yesterday, 3400 people joined Members of Congress and state civic, civil rights, and religious leaders at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham to protest Alabama’s Draconian, “papers, please” anti-immigrant law and to support the effort to repeal the legislation.

According to some supporters of Alabama’s worst-in-the-nation immigration law – figures such as State Senator Scott Beason, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL), U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), anti-immigrant leader Mark Krikorian, and immigration law architect and current Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) – the state’s “papers, please” anti-immigration law is working exactly as they intended.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As House Republican leaders weigh the timing for a floor vote on a flawed mandatory E-Verify bill, America’s Voice Education Fund and Service Employees International Union launched a five-figure Spanish-language media campaign to educate constituents about the pending legislation. Listen to the new ad buy

Yesterday’s party-line passage of Rep. Lamar Smith’s mandatory E-Verify bill in the House Judiciary Committee does nothing to relieve Republican leadership’s heartburn over mandatory E-Verify, which we wrote about yesterday.

The news keeps getting worse for Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and his signature mandatory E-Verify legislation. Ideological conservatives, farmers, small business owners, and others continue to question why the GOP is pushing this Big Government, Big Brother initiative. Today, the House Judiciary Committee continues its mark-up of H.R. 2885 by considering a series of amendments from both Republicans and Democrats.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has made passage of E-Verify a top priority for the House Republican caucus. Smith has called E-Verify “a successful tool,” but he is asking his colleagues to overlook one key fact: E-Verify doesn’t work.

A fact-sheet highlighting the various dangers posed by passing mandatory E-Verify.

The current political conversation in Washington and the nation is all about jobs. Last week, President Obama unveiled his jobs plan, which experts have concluded would create 1.9 million jobs. Many have been waiting for a counter proposal from congressional Republicans. But it’s already out there, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX). Smith calls his bill “the Legal Workforce Act,” but it’s better known as mandatory E-Verify.

New comments by the head of the Republican Party demonstrate that when it comes to appealing to Latino voters, the GOP still just doesn’t get it. Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairperson Reince Priebus “dismissed the idea that the party's support among Latinos will be hurt over immigration,” according to the Associated Press, saying, “It's not going to hurt us one bit."

A new report released today from America's Voice highlights the fact that mandatory E-Verify legislation being pushed by a number of California Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives would impose new burdens on American workers and businesses, devastate California's agriculture industry, and further their Party's political problem with Latino voters.

This report explains why the forced E-Verify approach as advocated by Reps. Gallegly, Lungren, Bilbray, and their allies in Congress is a potential disaster for the nation’s economy – in particular, California’s precious agriculture industry. The same approach is also a precarious political move for California Republicans, who are increasingly shooting themselves in the foot with Latino voters.