WTH? The government can’t even get E-Verify right?

e-verify_uscis_combined_logoAccording the USCIS website E-Verify is an awesome tool generously supplied by the government.

It says: U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This diverse workforce contributes greatly to the vibrancy and strength of our economy, but that same strength also attracts unauthorized employment.

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify is fast, free and easy to use – and it’s the best way employers can ensure a legal workforce.

WOAH! says the CATO institute. This is a typical Government SNAFU. E-Verify is an intrusive labor-market regulation that places the onus of immigration law enforcement on American employers. E-Verify is expensive, and it has a startling degree of inaccuracy. It could exclude hundreds of thousands of Americans from employment—at least in the short run. E-Verify is also ineffective at preventing unauthorized immigrants from working in the United States, as the experience of Arizona with its E-Verify mandate shows. E-Verify does not lower wages for unauthorized immigrants enough to suppress unlawful immigration because the wage gap between the United States and other countries is too great. A national E-Verify mandate would not turn off the jobs magnet, but it would spur more unlawful immigrants to engage in identity theft and work under the table.

In fact, they think it’s so bad it could lead a biometric identity system for all Americans. Which we don’t want.

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