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Electronic Employment Verification Systems

More Harm than Good

By Tyler Moran

Requiring all employers to utilize a mandatory electronic employment verification system to determine whether a new hire is eligible to work in the United States offers pros and cons in the national debate on immigration policy. The ongoing Basic Pilot/E-Verify program reveals such weaknesses in a potential national mandatory system as database inaccuracies, employer misuse, technology limitations, privacy lapses, and discrimination against workers. Advocates should be aware of both the harmful aspects of federal, state, and local legislation creating mandatory verification systems and appropriate legal and advocates responses.

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