E-Verify's 'Hang Everyone' ApproachSubmitted by Peace Gold Love on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 15:36
Immigration reform proposals would make everyone an illegal until proven not to be.
By Laura W. Murphy and Fred L. Smith Jr. | The Wall Street Journal
If you hang everyone, the old saying goes, you will catch some guilty people. That adage points to the fatal flaw of an employment-verification program tucked into several recent immigration-reform proposals in Congress.
The E-Verify program—which several states are experimenting with, but which would become mandatory nationwide under proposed new law—targets every employee that a business hires, in the hope of weeding out a few undocumented immigrants from the workforce. In the process, E-Verify erects dangerous hurdles to employment for legal workers and degrades the privacy of working Americans.
Employers enrolled in E-Verify must submit electronic information about all employees to a government database. If an employee's information conflicts with the database, the individual cannot work until he corrects the error. Every potential employee is thus presumed to be ineligible to work until proven otherwise. So much for the presumption of innocence. Resolving E-Verify errors often requires a job seeker to visit the local Social Security Administration office. If you like waiting at the DMV, you will love E-Verify.
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