Stopping Businesses from Hiring Illegal Immigrants

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ State lawmakers agree that Kansas employers shouldn't hire illegal immigrants, but they disagree over how the state should punish violators.

Four bills before a state House committee will be merged into one piece of legislation within about two weeks. On Tuesday, the Federal and State Affairs Committee conducts a second day of hearings on the measures.

The panel Monday heard from supporters and plans Tuesday to hear from opponents who see the bills as anti-Hispanic. Business groups will air their opposition to mandating the use of E-Verify, a federal database that checks whether a person is legally allowed to work and has a valid Social Security number.

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