Shuler said a key provision in the bill is the requirement that employers use E-Verify, an online system run by the Department of Homeland Security, to verify the legal eligibility of employees to work.

"In order to stop illegal immigration, we must to attack the root cause — businesses offering employment to those who have come here illegally in order to pay lower wages," Shuler said. "With millions of Americans seeking gainful employment, Congress should be working to get them back to work by preventing companies from knowingly and intentionally hiring illegal immigrants."

The bill would also add 5,000 border patrol agents, require the installation of more fences and vehicle barriers at the border, bring on more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and use a faster process for "removing illegal aliens from the U.S."