What's Wrong With E-Verify?

Document Date: June 20, 2008

Forces citizens and legal residents to get permission slip to work Expanding E-Verify would require every employer in the United States to verify the eligibility to work of every current and prospective employee using a flawed system that is riddled with errors. This will guarantee that millions of Americans will be barred from working.

Creates a “No Work List” ensuring millions of U.S. citizens will be denied jobs In a time of economic uncertainty, the last thing we need is for Congress to pass legislation that will make it more difficult for Americans to work.

Pending legislative proposals lack meaningful due process protections Workers injured by data errors will need a means of quickly and permanently resolving data errors so they do not become presumptively unemployable. All pending legislative proposals lack sufficient due process provisions to aid workers who are wrongly denied the right to start their next job.

Congress should block any legislation unless it mandates that:

1.) the systems and databases used to collect and disseminate information about those attempting to work be publicly disclosed so workers and employers are aware of them

2.) information collected by both government agencies and employers that is gathered for one purpose shall not be used for another purpose without individuals’ consent

3.) workers can access information held about them in a timely fashion and without petitioning the government for access

4.) workers may correct, amend, improve or clarify information held about them by both government and employers

5.) information about employees be kept relevant, accurate and up to date

6.) information is protected against unauthorized losses such as data breaches or identity theft.

Relies on error-ridden government databases Congress needs to make sure the government’s databases are cleaned up before imposing any verification programs . SSA itself reports that approximately 17.8 million of its files contain incorrect data, 12.7 of which concern U.S. citizens.

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