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Federal Investigation Concludes E-Verify Does Not Work

El Diario/La Prensa, Posted: Mar 04, 2010

NEW YORK - E-Verify, an online service voluntarily used by employers to check the legal status of their employees, does not work, according to a government-sponsored study. An investigation by Westat, a private company hired by the Department of National Security, found that the system failed to identify illegal workers 54 percent of the time. Investigators say this is proof that the system can be easily manipulated, and is an ineffective tool in detecting cases of fraudulent identity. In theory, the system allows employers to verify the legal status of their employees by comparing personal information found in Social Security and National Security databases. The creation of penalties for employers who hire undocumented workers has been viewed as a key component of any future immigration reform proposed by the Obama administration, and some Republican congressional leaders had considered proposing a law in the coming weeks that would have made the use of E-Verify obligatory for all employers.

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