GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A database used to make sure that new employees can legally work in the United States has gone dark during the government shutdown.

The Times of Gainesville reports that the E-Verify system is among a number of government services brought to a halt by a budget dispute in Washington.

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Employers use the system to make sure newly hired workers are legally eligible to work in the country. Georgia and other states have required that many employers use the system in an attempt to discourage illegal immigrants from entering the workforce.

The president of the Georgia Poultry Federation, Mike Giles, said employers will be allowed to process newly hired workers once the system is reactivated.

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