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Lawmakers: Verify legal status of Pennsylvania construction workers

HARRISBURG — State lawmakers today urged passage of legislation that would crack down on illegal immigrants working in construction, but Gov. Ed Rendell has concerns about the bills.

The bills would require contractors and subcontractors to confirm the legal working status of new employees using a federal government program.

Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, the bills’ primary sponsor, said there are 18,000 to 35,000 illegal construction workers employed.

Gary Tuma, a spokesman for Rendell, exressed concern about reliability of the E-Verify system, the federal program used to verify legal status of workers. He said Rendell does not have a position yet on the bills.

The House is expected to vote on the bills this week, Galloway said.

Evan Trowbridge is an intern with the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents Association

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