Unbelievable. The federal system set up to help employers verify applicants for positions are legally able to work in the United States, incorrectly clears 54 percent of applicants. Identity theft is the problem. Give the system any valid information and your good to go.
From the Washington Times…
The system Congress and the Obama administration want employers to use to help curb illegal immigration is failing to catch more than half of the unauthorized workers it checks, a research company has found.
The online tool E-Verify, now used voluntarily by employers, wrongly clears illegal workers about 54 percent of the time, according to Westat, a research company that evaluated the system for the Homeland Security Department. E-Verify missed so many illegal workers mainly because it can’t detect identity fraud, Westat said.
“Clearly, it means it’s not doing its No. 1 job well enough,” said Marc Rosenblum, a researcher at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan Washington think tank.
It’s not doing its number one job at all man!
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano thinks the system is better than what has been reported even though Homeland Security hired Westat to complete the study. It’s also important to not Westat used data from 2008.
Even though the system seems to have serious issues, some in Congress propose to make the system mandatory. I’m fine with making a system mandatory if it works, but if the system does not work and companies are required to use the system, it shifts the burden of verifying applicants completely to the federal government.
I’m a bit torn on this. Should the burden be placed 100 percent on some sort of federal computer database – guaranteed to have false negatives too – or should some of the burden be placed on American business and to a certain extent common sense. Should we mandate passports for all American citizens?
Again, the big issue here is identity theft. There is simply too much information thieves have access to easily. If you “solve” that problem, most of the issues with E-Verify goes away. One thing is for certain – we must absolutely stop cities who are providing sanctuary to illegal aliens and providing them with government IDs and social services normally available to citizens only.
You would think the terrible stories about identity theft would put everyone on the same page concerning this subject, but those cities who refuse to follow the law are accomplices to identity theft fraud and should be prosecuted.
Update: Judicial Watch notes the following. Hey, if a SSN is used multiple times, it’s worth another look, but 91 percent of the time the system missed it.
[T]he report finds that a mere 9% of the Social Security numbers used multiple times—obviously by illegal immigrants—were identified by the system as undocumented aliens.