New E-Verify proposal with biometric data

E-VerifyAn E-Verify bill designed to expand the employment verification program nationwide has been introduced. This bill, if enacted, would make all employers in the United States participate in E-Verify, with respect to all employees, whether recruited or referred and would enhance the enrollment process through the addition of biometric data such as facial photographs.

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. The program compares information from an employee’s “Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9” to data from U.S. government records. If the information matches, that employee is eligible to work in the United States.

National or Civil ID is a means for tracking citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents for the purposes of work, taxation, government benefits, health care, and other government-related functions.

Typically, National or Civil ID programs are large-scale identity management solutions. The United States, due to its decentralized nature, however has never adopted a national registry and various proposals for National ID programs have been widely and successfully opposed.

It is therefore not surprising that the Cato Institute, a public policy research organization dedicated to “individual liberty, limited government, and free markets” is highly opposed to this initiative. The organization noted in a statement that “such proposals are a threat to Americans’ privacy and a needless expansion of federal government power”.

During the presidential campaign, it has been proposed the implementation of nationwide E-Verify as measure “to protect jobs for unemployed Americans”. Critics of E-Verify however have raised concerns about privacy, implementation problems and inaccurate data within the E-Verify database that could keep legal immigrants from working. See also

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