E‑Verify’s Many Perils

Capitol Hill Briefing
February 28, 2013 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

1302 Longworth House Office Building

Featuring Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union; and David Bier, Immigration Policy Analyst, Competitive Enterprise Institute; moderated by Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

With immigration reform once again on Congress’s near horizon, many proposals take as a given that there should be “internal enforcement” of immigration law through federal background checks on all workers. But the E-Verify system and proposals for a national E-Verify mandate are shot through with complications and challenges. Costs to businesses and workers will mount. Citizens, both natural-born and naturalized, will have to appeal to the federal government for the right to work. And identity fraud will drive E-Verify to become a biometric national identification system capable of use well beyond immigration control. Join us for a discussion of E-Verify’s many perils.