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E-Verify immigration policy back in play

ST. PAUL (AP) -- A policy that requires big state contractors to check new employees' immigration status is back in play.

Gov. Mark Dayton let the policy initiated by his predecessor lapse last April. It required state agencies to use a federal system called E-Verify to check on the immigration status of new hires. A memo from the state Management and Budget commissioner at the time said E-Verify was "inefficient and yielded negligible results."

The provision inserted into the budget bill during last month's special session reinstates the policy, but applies only to businesses. Companies that provide more than $50,000 worth of services to the state must use E-Verify to check the work status of new employees.

Minnesota Public Radio News states unlike the old policy, the newly-enacted bill doesn't require that state to verify the status of new hires.

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