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The SSA Taking on Immigration and Employment Eligibility: Not Ready for Prime Time

Many who support deportation-only immigration measures are advocating for a universal electronic employment verification system (EEVS). Bills such as the “Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act” (H.R. 4088) and the “New Employee Verification Act of 2008” (H.R. 5515) would place enormous additional responsibilities on the Social Security Administration (SSA)—a critical but overburdened agency. In fact, H.R. 5515, authored by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), would saddle the SSA with the job of administering the new mandatory and massive employment verification system.

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Published On: Thu, Mar 13, 2008 | Download File

The "EEV" of Destruction

With the failure of Congress to reform the immigration laws last year, political leaders are searching for election-year achievements in this area. But the emerging consensus in favor of "electronic employment eligibility verification" will collapse when Americans learn the details of the technical and regulatory contraption being proposed. By the fall, Congress will decide whether to renew, expand, or perhaps discard such a program. The lines of debate are being drawn now.

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Published On: Wed, Mar 12, 2008 | Download File

Basic Pilot / E-Verify: Not a Magic Bullet

Background on the Basic Pilot/E-Verify program and its weaknesses.

Published On: Sat, Mar 01, 2008 | Download File

Talking Points: Oppose State and Local Proposals to Make Basic Pilot/E-Verify Mandatory

Talking points that cover the pitfalls of states and localities making Basic Pilot/E-Verify mandatory.

Published On: Fri, Feb 01, 2008 | Download File

Immigration Enforcement in the Wake of Immigration Reform

This paper describes some of the government's enforcement actions and a handful of government rules issued in 2007 affecting immigrant rights.

Published On: Fri, Feb 01, 2008 | Download File

Understanding the Role of Police Officers in Immigration Enforcement and the Memorandum of Agreement with DHS

This fact sheet covers the role of state and local police in enforcing federal immigration laws, including information Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs).

Published On: Fri, Feb 01, 2008 | Download File

Why States and Localities Should Not Require Employers to Participate in the Basic Pilot/E-Verify Program

The Basic Pilot/E-Verify electronic employment verification system is often portrayed as the magic bullet that would curb unauthorized employment.

Published On: Tue, Jan 15, 2008 | Download File

Facts About the Social Security "No-Match" Letter

Basic information about SSA No-Match Letters.

Published On: Thu, Jan 03, 2008 | Download File

Pulling at the Thread: Anti-Immigrant Proposals Threaten Social Security Traditions

Proposals in Congress adversely target immigrants' retirement security in ways that would require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to alter the current retirement benefits framework by significantly changing the way work history is credited to individuals.

Published On: Tue, Jan 01, 2008 | Download File

Why Denying Driver's Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants Harms Public Safety and Makes Our Communities Less Secure

States need to create practical, workable solutions, and denying undocumented immigrants licenses is simply bad public policy.

Published On: Tue, Jan 01, 2008 | Download File