Wouldn't you be furious if the government's plan to screen certain immigrants out of the workforce ended up costing you your job instead? That's exactly what could happen if a massive error-prone bureaucracy called E-Verify is included in the federal immigration reform package your senator is considering right now.
Accuracy in E-Verify will be a major issue
E-Verify, with all its inaccuracies, would check every worker – including you – before you start a new job to verify you have the right to work. Are you sure you're on the list?
Accuracy in E-Verify will be a major issue. Even under best case scenarios, hundreds of thousands of Americans will have to fix their records, which could take months or even years. In the meantime, if a prospective employer can't find your name on the E-Verify list, they can't hire you. Period.
Who will suffer most? E-Verify errors are greatest among naturalized citizens, those with foreign names and name changes - raising real risks of discrimination and undue hardship for Americans who have done nothing wrong.
We've got to fix this bill before E-Verify is fully rolled out. Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Mike Lee (R-UT) sponsored a bipartisan amendment that would force the government to address E-Verify's accuracy problems, not just pass them along to U.S. workers.
Thank you for protecting civil liberties!
ACLU of Utah