Arizona recently put into use an "e-verify system" to determine whether or not someone can legally work in the US, according to the El Paso Times. Some have advocated bringing the program to Texas, but the technology also has its critics.
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"If you throw in Arizona law approaches to these problems, it will be a very ugly, painful session," State Representative Rene Oliveira told the news source.
The discussion of such programs comes a number of executives from state agencies who cite healthcare and prison costs to show that illegal immigrants are costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars.
However, a 2006 report from the state comptroller showed that in 2005 the 1.4 undocumented workers in Texas helped the state's economy by bringing in $17.7 billion.