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Key committee on the fence about immigration rule

Posted by Ralph Ranalli October 1, 2007 08:11 AM

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The city's Public Facilities Committee has voted 3-3 on a new rule requiring city contractors to sign a "verification clause" that they do not use undocumented or illegal workers when accepting city contracts.

The city is currently building a $154 million high school, the most expensive in state history. Alderman Ben Weisbuch, a former immigration lawyer who will not run for reelection this fall proposed the ordinance. He said he wanted to make sure the city does not facilitate illegal activity.

"This is a national issue played out on the local level," he wrote in an email. "Many of us would like to see immigration reform on the national level, which has stalled."

For the committee vote, there was one member absent and one member abstaining. The full board is scheduled to vote on the rule Oct. 1.

-- Megan Woolhouse

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