Migration Policy Institute
E-Verify: An Assessment of its Strengths and Weaknesses
Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program, MPI
Gerri Ratliff, Deputy Associate Director, National Security and Records Verification Directorate, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Marc Rosenblum, Senior Policy Analyst, MPI
Getting it right on employer verification will be the linchpin of an effective immigration reform bill. The goal of mandatory electronic verification is to provide a simple, reliable way for good-faith employers to hire legally authorized workers and deter others from hiring those not eligible to work in the United States. MPI’s report, released at this event, assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the existing electronic verification system, E-Verify, and recommends steps to minimize the system’s problems and unintended consequences. Speakers present their findings assessing existing and potential tools for strengthening identity authentication, and recommending next-generation verification concepts that would tap new technologies and practices to overcome the core weaknesses of the current system.