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Obama's immigration reform questioned by Wisconsin leaders

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Obama's immigration reform questioned by Wisconsin leaders
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Some Wisconsin leaders say the Obama White House is sending mixed messages on immigration reform.

Employers and immigrant rights' advocates were both angered when the Department of Homeland Security put new restrictions on firms with federal contracts.

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said contractors must use the government's database to verify employees' citizenship status before hiring them.

But the groups also praised the secretary's decision not to make companies fire employees with invalid Social Security numbers.

John Metcalf of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group says neither method protects companies from violating the law.

Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Milwaukee's Voces de la Frontera group says neither database is reliable and employers end up penalizing legal immigrants.

Both groups hope Congress will take up comprehensive immigration reform which clarifies the rules for both immigrants and the employers who hire them.

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