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Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa recently introduced legislation that would require employers to verify the eligibility of people to work in the U.S.

This common-sense bill is aimed at eliminating the job magnet that entices people unlawfully in the country to look for work and compete against legal residents and citizens who should have priority for those jobs.

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Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin tell us they are champions of American workers and the middle class. They should explain why they would oppose legislation that puts American citizens at the forefront of job seeking.

Could it be their opposition mean they don't want to see President Barack Obama in the embarrassing position of having to veto legislation that protects American workers?

Michael V. Ernest, Catonsville

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