Mandatory e-verify System for Workers?


 

The House Judiciary Committee is considering legislation to mandate employer participation in e-verify. The article notes that even a small percentage of errors could result in large numbers of legitimate workers being prevent from working. Data accuracy is an issue with any database (as is security), but governments have particular obligations to their citizens to make sure they are treated fairly. The potential impact on citizens increases dramatically with the size of the database as well as with purposes that effect economic livelihood.

I’m not sure this is a good. For one, it’s unclear we have a problem that requires a solution such as this. For another, an even minor error rate, could be trading one problem for another, potentially even a more difficult one.

If implemented, citizens need quick and easy path of inquiry, with the burden on the government to prove ineligibility in contested cases.

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