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21 Million U.S. Citizens Have No Papers

La Opinin, Posted: Jul 11, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Plans to require companies to verify the eligibility of their employees to work legally in the country could actually leave millions of Americans out of jobs. More than 21 million Americans -- who were born and raised in the United States, and are U.S. citizens -- do not have a photo ID to prove it and thus are considered by authorities to be "undocumented," reports La Opinin. As the country tightens its national security measures, photo IDs have become a necessity in order to register to vote, drive, access basic health care services and work. The number of people without ID cards could create serious problems for programs such as E-Verify, which allows employers to verify the eligibility of their employees to work legally in the country. The program requires that candidates have a photo ID. If they don't, they won't be eligible to get a job. Those who will be most affected are African Americans and low-income Americans. According to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School, 25 percent of African Americans of voting age do not have a photo identification document. Americans who earn less than $25,000 a year are twice as likely to lack these documents as those who earn more than $25,000 a year.

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