H.R. 6633, The Employee Verification Amendment Act of 2008 (2 comments ↓ | 6 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 6633 would evaluate and extend the basic pilot program for employment eligibility confirmation and to ensure the protection of Social Security beneficiaries.

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Shane Steinfeld

September 2, 2008, 12:47am (report abuse)

Even if this program is 99.5% effective, as some in the media have claimed, that would still result in over 7 1/2 million people being either granted or denied work incorrectly. I'd sure hate to be one of the millions of people who are flagged as "illegal" incorrectly. Imagine having that perfect job filled by some other applicant, while you spend who-knows-how-long trying to untangle a federal bureaucratic blunder.

This program is a mistake, specifically because it's inevitably prone to so many mistakes.

Government programs have never been 99.5% effective at anything. Even if this were the first, 7 1/2 million mistakes would be nothing short of disastrous.


September 16, 2008, 11:52am (report abuse)

I don't know where Shane is getting 7.5 million people having problems, as that is .5% of 1.5 billion people. There are currently 154 million people in the US workforce. If everyone one of them was checked with E-verify today, there would be 790,000 initial non-confirmations, mostly due to the social security admin having the wrong data, which also means you are not getting credit for your social security taxes paid. A simple visit will fix this, your employer rechecks and you are confirmed.

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