The technology is already there to verify whether people are here legally before being hired. But not all employers use it.
That would change under legislation introduced by one congressman in our state.
Democrat Heath Shuler from Western North Carolina joined other congressional leaders in Washington Thursday to introduce the measure.
His office said it would increase border security and interior security while requiring employers to check workers against a Department of Homeland Security database known as E-verify.
Shuler's office said the measure will reduce illegal immigration. He first filed a version of the bill in 2007.
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