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MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb County Commission is considering a proposal aimed at making it tougher for people who are in the country illegally to work on publicly-funded projects.

Commissioners listened to several hours of public comment on the controversial issue Tuesday evening.

The proposal would require companies working for the county to partner with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to check the immigration status of potential employees.

Companies would use the federal e-Verify program to insure that potential employees were eligible to work.

Supporters say the program will cut down on fraud and in a weakened economy ensure the scarce jobs go to people in the country legally.

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