Hiring Illegals: Inside the Deal Ahead

If President Bush's May 15 call to send 6,000 National Guard troops to border states was aimed at winning over conservatives opposed to his immigration plan, it hasn't worked. But even as policy gridlock continues, Washington is quietly closing in on a compromise in one critical area. BusinessWeek has learned that a bipartisan working group of five senators has reached a consensus on a massive new government system to verify the status of anyone who applies for a job in the U.S.

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