Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mississippi Raid Opens New Debate on E-Verify

The Mississippi electronics plant that was raided by ICE recently, netting over 400 for deportation, has complained that it has followed the law by passing its new hires by a E-Verify check.It claims not hire undocumented workers. Whether that is true or not may be besides the point. The E-Verify system is a check of a prospective hire with the Social Security Administration. Some critics argue that the system is replete with error and can cause an injustice to legal workers. Other, more cynically, dismiss as an opportunity to peddle fake Social Security cards. Congress must reauthorize the program by the end of October. The House has done so overwhelmingly, but has added some restrictions. The Senate has yet to act. (See Washington Post article.)

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