Saturday, June 18, 2011

U.S. proposal would require immigration database

Republican lawmakers proposed Wednesday to require all US businesses to verify workers' legal status through a database, saying it would curb illicit immigration and bring jobs to lawful residents.

The bill was criticized by Hispanic and Asian American advocates, who said that the database was costly and error-prone, thus aggravating discrimination against legal workers whose names may sound similar to those of illegal aliens.

"With unemployment at nine percent, jobs are scarce. 
Despite record unemployment, 7 million people work in the US illegally. 
These jobs should go to legal workers,"
- Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)

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