Amendment extends E-Verify

Bill would kill program but allow businesses to use it for five years

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Critics say the program has been tarnished by bad publicity because of a higher error rate in the last decade.

The error rate has since dropped, and the Obama administration has said E-Verify should be expanded nationwide.

This new version of the legislation also boosts fines and fees for many of the programs.

Lawmakers also tightened up prohibitions on drunk drivers, so that those convicted of three drunken-driving charges are deemed inadmissible regardless of when the charges happened. Under the previous version, immigrants had their slate wiped clean once the bill passed and had to accrue three new drunken-driving convictions to be deemed inadmissible.

In order to be deported, though, one of the three offenses must happen after the law takes effect.

In another section, the new bill directs that money for high-tech education scholarships go chiefly to women and minorities.

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