Citing a variety of privacy concerns, a broad coalition of advocacy groups from across the political spectrum including libertarians, consumer groups and privacy advocates sent letters to both the House and Senate Monday opposing a mandatory E-Verify system. Problems with the system include increased identity theft and the danger of a national ID system. The letters include a full list of signatories and in-depth description of the privacy problems with the legislation.

The letters highlight the growing realization that E-Verify will affect all of us. Every American will have to be checked against the government's error-prone E-Verify database before being hired. The system is so error-prone that an estimated 770,000 Americans would have been wrongly denied their right to work last year alone if the system had been mandatory. And if something is wrong with your record, such as a name change or data error, you will have to wait in line at the Social Security Administration or deal with the Department of Homeland Security to get your record fixed. Sometimes that's impossible and, if so, you'll be out of luck and out of work. Rarely does a policy so detrimental to the American people come along as to unite a coalition such as this.

Both the House and Senate are planning to debate this counterproductive and invasive policy this year, and could very well pass it. Let them know that you're watching and take action here.

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Tor Hershman

Might makes right, that is all & the ACLU stands for (Here in Wheeling, for sure thingy) American Christian Liabilities Unfathomed

Anonymous

Americans can not afford to have any more of the rights taken from them. E-Verify must be opposed by every American, even to the point of civil disobedience.

Anonymous

First, everyone should understand that that E-Verify ststem is more than 99.5% accurate. The argument put forth that the system is error prone is not correct.

Second, the argument that people could be the victim of identity theft is not correct either. The E-Verify is already available to employers for the purpose of identifying illegal workers in America, but it is only optional, not mandatory. In 1996, when the immigration reform was being debated, it included a mandatory E-Verify system, but the corporate lobbyists got it changed so they could continue hiring illegal aliens. President Clinton signed the new law without making the E-Verify system mandatory.

Third, Americans concerned about their privacy rights should look no furhter than the Patriot Act. We have no privacy rights anymore.

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