Bush Administration Comes Up With New Plan for Curbing Illegal Immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) Stymied by Congress, the Bush administration
is taking a new tack in the effort to curb illegal immigration.

Plans to be announced today by the heads of the Commerce and Homeland Security departments include a crackdown on employers who hire undocumented workers.

The Associated Press has learned that bosses are to face stiffer civil fines. And there could be criminal charges against employers who don't fire workers who can't clear up problems with their Social Security numbers.

The administration also plans to assign more agents to border duty and speed up background checks for immigrants.

In addition, it wants to set up an exit program at airports and seaports to keep a record of when foreigners go home.

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