Feds Sue Illinois Over Worker-Verification Law

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The Department of Homeland Security is suing Illinois over its new law to keep employers there from enrolling in a federal program that verifies the legal status of job applicants.

Employers enroll voluntarily in the E-Verify program to make sure the workers they're hiring are not illegal immigrants using phony Social Security numbers.

But Illinois lawmakers, spurred by business, and immigrant and workers' rights groups say the E-Verify system is flawed and its database is riddled with errors. They want the feds to ensure that it's 99 percent accurate before Illinois employers can participate.



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