"A compromise bill that seeks to deter illegal immigration has been advanced to the final round of debate in the Nebraska Legislature. But following debate Thursday, some lawmakers remained unconvinced that its provisions will work toward curbing the problem and that the bill could end up costing the state....

"We ought to be honest about what this bill does and does not do," said Sen. Brenda Council of Omaha, who called the bill "feel-good legislation."

The bill also would require public employers and contractors to check their employees' legal status once hired, using a federal Internet-based system called E-Verify."

Jean Ortiz, AP, March 26, 2009

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Updated: Mon, Apr 6th 2009 @ 3:14pm EDT