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March 21, 2008

Not every employee

In their otherwise excellent article (3/16, A-1, “Immigration is a Minefield for Lawmakers), David Klepper and Jason Noble state that “E-Verify contains the names of every legal worker in the United States.” That is not true, and is very misleading.
At best, according to the government’s own website, E-Verify contains “employee information taken from the Form I-9 (the paper-based employee eligibility verification form used for all new hires), (plus the) 425 million records in SSA’s database and more than 60 million records in DHS immigration databases.”
That combination/compilation of information is not a list of “every legal worker in the United States.” Tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of legal workers are not currently in E-Verify, and many more are “mismatched,” leading to delay in hiring or loss of the job.
Daniel M. Kowalski
Bender’s Immigration Bulletin (bibdaily.com)
Alexandria, Va.



How can you legally work without an SSN?

To be redundant: When a new hire is enterred into the system, within 3 months the employer is notified by mail if the SSN info is not exactly right. SSA requests clarification in the letter.

And the reason a big corporation can't follow through on this is...?

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