Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Database at Heart of Immigration Reform

MIAMI -- At the heart of any immigration bill that makes it through the heated congressional debates is likely to be a computerized system that could help employers determine instantly whether someone can legally work in this country.

A voluntary version of the Internet-based system has been up and running on an experimental basis since 1996 and now includes more than 5,000 companies nationwide. Democrats and Republicans alike _ including Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. _ have included expanded versions in every bill now under serious consideration.

Let's think about what we are putting in place. There are worse things than illegal immigrants.

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