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Abbott signs E-verify mandate, tweaking Perry executive order

from Houston Chronicle

Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation to require Texas state agencies to ensure all hires are American citizens using the E-verify system, fulfilling a campaign promise while tweaking a policy put in place by his predecessor, Rick Perry. The bill signed by Abbott will strengthen enforcement of an executive order issued by Perry last December, but also will limit it to agency employees, rather than including workers at private companies that contract with the state. Perry, who made his second presidential campaign official last week, has cited his order as part of a broader message about his experience of leadership on immigration and foreign policy issues. more

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