Published: February 2013

E-Verify to cause complications and challenges

With immigration reform once again on Congress’ agenda, many proposals include “internal enforcement” of immigration law through federal background checks on all workers. Consumer Action believes the E-Verify system, and proposals for a national E-Verify mandate, will cause complications and challenges.

Consumer Action joins the ACLU and other coalition members in denouncing a mandatory national “E-Verify” electronic employment verification system established by S. 202 or in subsequent comprehensive immigration reform bills. Costs to businesses and workers will mount. Citizens, both natural-born and naturalized, will have to appeal to the federal government for the right to work. And identity fraud will drive E-Verify to become a biometric national identification system capable of use well beyond immigration control.

Lead Organization

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Other Organizations

Advocacy for Principled Action in Government American Civil Liberties Union | American Library Association | Bill of Rights Defense Committee | Blacks in Law Enforcement of America | Center for Digital Democracy | Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights |Center for Media and Democracy | Center for Media Justice | Competitive Enterprise Institute | Constitutional Alliance | Consumer Action | Consumer Federation of America | Cyber Privacy Project | Defending Dissent Foundation | DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Equal Justice Alliance | The 5-11 Campaign | Former Congressman Bob Barr | The Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network | Hispanic Leadership Fund | Home School Legal Defense Association | Insituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA) | La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles de Minnesota | The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights | Liberty Coalition | Main Street Project | Media Alliance | Media Literacy Project | The Multiracial Activist | National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) | National Small Business Association | National Workrights Institute | New York Immigration Coalition | Patient Privacy Rights | Privacy Activism | Privacy Journal | Privacy Rights Clearinghouse | Privacy Times | Rights Working Group | The Rutherford Institute | South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) | Taxpayers Protection Alliance | World Privacy Forum

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For more information, please visit the ACLU's website

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E-Verify to cause complications and challenges   (everify_coalition_letter_final_short_-_signatories.pdf)




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