The House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee has approved a spending bill for the Homeland Security Department, including a provision that would extend for two years the E-Verify program that enables employers to verify the legal status of their workers.

The bill – which would provide the department about $42.6 billion in discretionary spending for next fiscal year – would reauthorize the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program that enables employers to verify the Social Security number and legal status of a worker online until 2011. The two-year extension was meant to coincide with the likely timing for Congress to take up comprehensive legislation overhauling the nation’s immigration laws.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would receive $5.4 billion. Notably, the bill directs ICE to spend $1.5 billion on finding and deporting illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes. That mandate continues a trend by appropriators over the last two years to target criminal illegal immigrants.

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