Texas House OKs tougher immigration rules for energy sector

By The Associated Press

The Texas House has voted to require oil and gas firms to step up efforts to refrain from employing people in the country illegally.

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House has voted to require oil and gas firms to step up efforts to refrain from employing people in the country illegally.

Tuesday's 97-46 vote mandates that energy companies use E-verify, a program which lets employers check employees' legal status. The rule was included in a larger bill regulating the Railroad Commission, which oversees Texas' oil and gas industry.

The Legislature is expected to pass a separate, sweeping measure punishing so-called "sanctuary cities," where local authorities don't help the federal government enforce immigration policy.

Democrats argue that Texas is targeting immigrants while ignoring industries employing them — and the proposed E-verify rule drew surprisingly strong bipartisan support.

The full Railroad Commission regulation bill cleared the House but still needs Senate approval, meaning the E-verify provision may not survive.

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