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To reduce fraud and discrimination, a federal system to verify that workers are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants must use biometrics such as fingerprints or iris scans, experts told a Senate panel Tuesday.

The current E-Verify system, which checks employee-eligibility forms against records in the Social Security and Homeland Security databases, can be easily thwarted by illegal immigrants who steal or are given someone else's identity, experts said.

The only way to stop that kind of fraud is to focus on a person's unique physical characteristics to identify them, said James Ziglar, former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute.

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