The US Senate is crafting legislation that would require employers to check the Social Security numbers and the immigration status of all new hires.
Employers who don't and who hire illegal immigrants would be subjected to fines of two hundred- to six thousand dollars per violation.
And once an electronic system is up and running, fines can jump to as much as 20 thousand dollars, along with the spectre of actual prison time.
In the immigration law of 1986, Congress left it to employers to ensure they were hiring legal workers, but the law was not strictly enforced and the market has become swamped with fraudulent documents.
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