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GOP Immigration Stand Centers on Workplace, Border Security

Magazine article HRMagazine

GOP Immigration Stand Centers on Workplace, Border Security

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Employers take center stage in the House Republican leaders' approach to comprehensive immigration reform, which stresses security at the border, worksite enforcement and employment verification.

The GOP plan calls for a "fully functioning" entryexit visa-tracking system to be installed at the nation's ports of entry, a workable electronic employment verification system, reforms to temporary visa programs for foreign workers and a path to legal status-but not citizenship-for many of the undocumented immigrants in the country.

"This is the most progress I have seen in my decade of work on the issue," remarked Rebecca Peters, director and counsel for legislative affairs at the Council for Global Immigration, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. "But we are still on a long, difficult road to final reform."

The document reiterates Republicans' determination not to use the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill, which passed that chamber in June 2013, as a basis for negotiations. …

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