Friday March 1st, 2013 informationliberation.com
E-Verify: Bad for American Businesses and Worker Privacy (EFF.org)
Earlier today, there was a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on whether all employers nationwide should be required to use the employment verification system E-Verify to investigate the backgrounds of each new employee they hire.

The hearing was erroneously titled "How E-Verify Works and How it Benefits American Employers and Workers." As it turns out, mandatory implementation of E-Verify would be disastrous for both of those groups, forcing employers to navigate a costly and time-intensive bureaucratic system and threatening the security of highly sensitive employee data.

EFF has denounced this invasive proposal in the past and now joins the ACLU and forty-three other organizations in signing a coalition letter that opposes its implementation.

As the letter states, "Congress can and should address illegal immigration without sacrificing Americans' privacy or imposing the costs of immigration enforcement on small businesses and workers."

 There are many problems with the E-Verify system as it stands.
The coalition letter recommends a number of amendments that would greatly reduce the harm a mandatory E-Verify system would cause, but even with those amendments, national implementation of E-Verify is a very bad idea. Flawed at its core, the system promotes unnecessary data collection on a large scale and threatens businesses and legal workers with a bureaucratic labyrinth they do not have time for.

EFF stands with the ACLU, Cato Institute, and many concerned civil liberties organizations in urging Congress to take a stand against this harmful proposal.