November 19, 2009 10:53AM

“I E‐​Verify”: Do Businesses Agree With Your Values?

My March 2008 paper, Franz Kafka’s Solution to Illegal Immigration, detailed the problems with electronic employment verification systems. The paper concludes that successful “internal enforcement” of immigration law requires a national ID—and ultimately a cradle‐​to‐​grave biometric tracking system.

The Department of Homeland Security has started a program called the “I E‐​Verify” campaign for businesses that use the federal background check system on its employees. If you see businesses with “I E‐​Verify” decorations or insignia, they at least indirectly support a national ID system in the United States. This can help you decide whether or not you want to spend your dollars with them.