The Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify system is supposed to tell employers if an applicant is authorized to work in the United States.
An independent study shows the system has more misses than hits when it comes to fake IDs.
The Department of Homeland Security commissioned Westat to do the study to determine where the holes are in the system.
According to Westat: the program often couldn’t confirm whether information workers were presenting was their own.
“Many unauthorized workers obtain employment by committing identity fraud that cannot be detected by E-Verify.”
They put the inaccuracy rate at 54%:
Westat estimates that, primarily due to identity fraud, approximately half (54 percent with a plausible range of 37 to 64 percent) of unauthorized workers run through E-Verify receive an inaccurate finding of being work authorized.
This means the system didn’t correctly assess the ID info of illegal workers 54% of the time.
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Homeland Security’s critical E-Verify program gets a pass on a 54% error rate?
I guess it works great, unless someone gives them false data.
What you can expect: Audits of I-9 forms at employers. How do we know?
Among the improvements DHS plans is “… funding a special unit to investigate identity fraud.”
Westat report here.
WSJ story here.