One of Sen. Mike Lee's (R-Utah) 23 amendments to the Senate immigration bill being considered this week would allow undocumented immigrants to be lawfully employed -- but only only as domestic workers.
Lee's amendment would exempt undocumented immigrants working as "cooks, waiters, butlers, housekeepers, governessess, maids, valets, baby sitters, janitors, laundresses, furnacemen, care-takers, handymen, gardeners, footmen, grooms, and chauffeurs of automobiles for family use" from prohibitions against "unlawful employment" for undocumented immigrants.
The amendment comes as the Senate Judiciary committee is set to consider over 300 amendments to the 844-page immigration overhaul on Thursday.
Other amendments include a ban on a pathway to citizenship by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and another that requires undocumented immigrants who apply for citizenship to have an income four times the poverty line.
UPDATE: Lee's office disputed the scope of the amendment Thursday morning. "Lee's Amdt 14 just means if you pay the kid down the street $20 to mow your lawn, he doesn't have to go thru E-verify," Communications Director Brian Phillips said in a tweet.
(H/t Mother Jones.)
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