E-Verify Violates American Citizens’ Privacy and Easily Leads to Massive Identity Theft

In the first blog post I wrote opposing the E-Verify system, I focused on how the pending legislation will grow the federal government, create more regulatory hoops for employers to jump through, and threaten American workers with inaccurate statuses created by an error-prone government database. In this blog post, I would like to point out my additional concerns with mandating E-Verify throughout the whole country such as privacy, fraud and identity theft.

E-Verify is run by the seemingly ever-growing Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the Social Security Administration. As a conservative, it is very difficult for me to find any reason to support something that grows the size and scope of the federal government. We have all heard the various reports over the years of government databases that have been compromised leaking American citizens’ confidential information. I certainly do not want to be included in some huge federal database that contains information on where every private citizen works. I don’t place much trust in the federal government to get my mail from California to Virginia let alone to secure my employment information – along with other personal and confidential data – in today’s digital age.

Another red flag that comes up for me is that I do not see any mechanism that detects those working under the table, i.e. being paid cash. Which, as we all know, is how many illegal immigrant end up gaining employment. Doesn’t anyone else see the writing on the wall for a massive expansion of demand for “clean” identities on the black market? The individual identities that end up passing through the E-Verify system successfully will be at an ever increasing risk for identify theft because they would earn quite a pretty penny on the black market. Once that starts occurring, there will be many unsuspecting and innocent citizens that will get caught up in the long and arduous process of having to prove their right to work.

Perhaps these, and the concerns I mentioned in an earlier post, are why a broad coalition of organizations and individuals are opposing HR 2164, The Legal Workforce Act. E-Verify errors threaten legal American workers, E-Verify hurts businesses, E-Verify runs counter to worker freedom and limited government and I oppose it.

The following oppose HR 2164:
Fred L. Smith, Jr., President: Competitive Enterprise Institute
Berin Szoka, President: Tech Freedom
Tom DeWeese, President: American Policy Center
Ronald Trowbridge, Founder: Maine Heritage Policy Center
Andrew Langer, President: Institute for Liberty
Mario H. Lopez, President: Hispanic Leadership Fund
J. Bradley Jansen, Director: Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights
Michael Ostrolenk, Co-Founder & National Director: Liberty Coalition
American Civil Liberties Union
American Library Association
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Center for Digital Democracy
Consumer Action
Consumer Watchdog
Cyber Privacy Project
Defending Dissent Foundation
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The 5-11 Campaign
Identity Project
The Multiracial Activists
The National Center for Transgender Equality
National Workrights Institute
Privacy Activism
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Privacy Times
The Rutherford Institute
United Sikhs
Former Congressman Bob Barr
Law Professor Chip Pitts, Stanford Law School & Oxford University