House Immigration Subcommittee Examines the Usability and Effectiveness of E-Verify

There are 9 comments on the www.numbersusa.com story from Feb 11, 2011, titled House Immigration Subcommittee Examines the Usability and Effectiveness of E-Verify. In it, www.numbersusa.com reports that:

Thursday’s hearing was just the first of many expected on the topic of E-Verify and workplace enforcement in the 112th Congress. The E-Verify program’s authorization expires in 19 months, September 2012, and there is much work to be done; hearts, minds, and votes to be won.

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Luca Brasi

United States

#1 Feb 11, 2011
E verify fail to catch illegal immigrants 54% of the times.
racer42

Hayward, CA

#2 Feb 11, 2011
Luca Brasi wrote:
E verify fail to catch illegal immigrants 54% of the times.
But it's successful 46% of the time which is a heck of a lot better than nothing at all. e-Verify should be mandatory in the entire country and then either tweaked until it's near perfect or replaced by something better. If we never instituted anything until it's perfect we'd still be in the stone age

“But it's so Racist”

Since: Mar 10

United States

#3 Feb 11, 2011
racer42 wrote:
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But it's successful 46% of the time which is a heck of a lot better than nothing at all. e-Verify should be mandatory in the entire country and then either tweaked until it's near perfect or replaced by something better. If we never instituted anything until it's perfect we'd still be in the stone age
E-Verify only detects if a name & SSN mismatch. If an illegal is using the same name as the SSN then it will pass the E-Verify check. That's how the system works. Maybe E-Verify can use biometrics also as that would definitely catch the 'other' 46%! Such a biometric could be a fingerprint or picture!
racer42

Hayward, CA

#4 Feb 11, 2011
Rico from East LA wrote:
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E-Verify only detects if a name & SSN mismatch. If an illegal is using the same name as the SSN then it will pass the E-Verify check. That's how the system works. Maybe E-Verify can use biometrics also as that would definitely catch the 'other' 46%! Such a biometric could be a fingerprint or picture!
I agree. that's basically what I said. Tweak the system till it catches 98% or more.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#5 Feb 11, 2011
Rico from East LA wrote:
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E-Verify only detects if a name & SSN mismatch. If an illegal is using the same name as the SSN then it will pass the E-Verify check. That's how the system works. Maybe E-Verify can use biometrics also as that would definitely catch the 'other' 46%! Such a biometric could be a fingerprint or picture!
Doesn't the system know if a matching name and number are being used in multiple places because that would cause a flag to go up. Biometrics would help.
Employer

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Feb 11, 2011
And allow the employer to use E-verify on existing employees, nor new hires.
Free is free

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Feb 11, 2011
It's a start; continue to improve it and *make it mandatory*
AmberDru

Columbus, OH

#9 Feb 11, 2011
96%

http://www.dhs.gov/journal/theblog/2010/03/e-...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
E-Verify: Truth in Numbers
Recently, some media reports have used statistics that appear to call into question the effectiveness and accuracy of E-Verify. I’d like to set record straight. A report by the independent research firm Westat, using a sample from a three month period in 2008, concluded that E-Verify was accurate 96 percent of the time. Since then, the Obama administration has taken significant steps to further improve E-Verify.

Read the report for yourself here.

What else did this report tell us about E-Verify?
93.8 percent of workers screened by E-Verify were authorized for employment—and the system instantly and accurately confirmed more than 99 percent of these eligible workers.
The remaining 6.2 percent were not eligible for employment. Out of this estimated 6.2 percent, approximately half were told they are work authorized when they were not—just 3.3 percent of the overall population screened by E-Verify.
To be clear, this means that only an estimated 3.3 percent of all workers screened by E-Verify were incorrectly told they were work authorized.
The system’s accuracy and efficiency continues to improve, reflecting the changes and improvements to E-Verify that USCIS has made over the past year—and continues to make.

Our anti-fraud efforts are improving E-Verify’s ability to prevent illegal workers from using stolen identities to obtain employment—including a photograph screening capability that allows a participating employer to check if photos on Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) or Permanent Resident Cards (green cards) are exact matches with the images stored in USCIS databases.

USCIS is also planning additional enhancements to E-Verify that will further improve employer compliance, reduce fraud and increase efficiency. We are adding U.S. passports to the list of documents available to provide photo confirmation, and working with states to access state driver’s license data—the #1 document used to validate identity. We’re also planning to launch a pilot program to explore the use of biometric or biographic-based verification.
Luca Brasi

United States

#10 Feb 11, 2011
AmberDru wrote:
96%
http://www.dhs.gov/journal/theblog/2010/03/e-...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
E-Verify: Truth in Numbers
Recently, some media reports have used statistics that appear to call into question the effectiveness and accuracy of E-Verify. I’d like to set record straight. A report by the independent research firm Westat, using a sample from a three month period in 2008, concluded that E-Verify was accurate 96 percent of the time. Since then, the Obama administration has taken significant steps to further improve E-Verify.
Read the report for yourself here.
What else did this report tell us about E-Verify?
93.8 percent of workers screened by E-Verify were authorized for employment—and the system instantly and accurately confirmed more than 99 percent of these eligible workers.
The remaining 6.2 percent were not eligible for employment. Out of this estimated 6.2 percent, approximately half were told they are work authorized when they were not—just 3.3 percent of the overall population screened by E-Verify.
To be clear, this means that only an estimated 3.3 percent of all workers screened by E-Verify were incorrectly told they were work authorized.
The system’s accuracy and efficiency continues to improve, reflecting the changes and improvements to E-Verify that USCIS has made over the past year—and continues to make.
Our anti-fraud efforts are improving E-Verify’s ability to prevent illegal workers from using stolen identities to obtain employment—including a photograph screening capability that allows a participating employer to check if photos on Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) or Permanent Resident Cards (green cards) are exact matches with the images stored in USCIS databases.
USCIS is also planning additional enhancements to E-Verify that will further improve employer compliance, reduce fraud and increase efficiency. We are adding U.S. passports to the list of documents available to provide photo confirmation, and working with states to access state driver’s license data—the #1 document used to validate identity. We’re also planning to launch a pilot program to explore the use of biometric or biographic-based verification.
. 96% is the percentage the system recognize that the papers provided by the potential employee are valid. But in 54% of the cases, even the papers been valid, doesn't belong to the person who is applying for employment. Therefore, 54% of the times, the system fail to catch undocumented workers.

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