Scott Wong
Politico
July 14, 2010

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Immigration reform critics are seizing on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comments this week downplaying the number of illegal immigrants working construction jobs in Nevada, even though a recent study found that his home state had the largest percentage of undocumented workers in the country.

When a reporter from KLAS-TV in Las Vegas told Reid a 2009 Pew Hispanic Center report found 17 percent of the nation’s construction workers were undocumented, the Nevada Democrat replied: “That may be some place, but it’s not here in Nevada.”

Reid also was asked why he blocked an amendment introduced by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) last year that would have required all construction firms working on economic stimulus projects to use E-Verify, the federal online system that allows employers to check whether someone is eligible to work in the country.

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