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WASHINGTON, DC - May 06: Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and Rep. Heath Shuler, D.N.C., during the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security hearing on current and proposed employment eligibility verification systems. hearing provided a forum for lawmakers on both sides of the immigration debate, focusing on a system to verify the legal status of workers and job applicants. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., told the panel that Congress should act on his enforcement-oriented bill (HR 4088) before the Internet-based E-Verify system expires in November. Shuler's bill makes the program mandatory for all employers. The system, which allows employers to check employees' work eligibility by verifying their Social Security numbers, has been around since 1996, but it is voluntary in all states except Arizona, which enacted a state law Jan. 1 requiring all employers to use the system. But other lawmakers said making the system mandatory would pose unnecessary complications for the Social Security Administration, which would have to deal with backlogs and errors. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - May 06: Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and Rep. Heath Shuler, D.N.C., during the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security hearing on current and proposed employment eligibility verification systems. hearing provided a forum for lawmakers on both sides of the immigration debate, focusing on a system to verify the legal status of workers and job applicants. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., told the panel that Congress should act on his...
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