Electronic Employment Verification System ("EEVS") News

This week, the House Immigration Subcommittee will hear comments and discuss the challenges and problems that mandatory nation-wide EEVS program could pose.

EEVS, a deeply flawed program, is the core center of the “SAVE Act.” The SAVE Act  was introduced in Congress in November of 2007 by Reps. Heath Schuler (D-NC) and Tom Tancredo (R-CO).

The EEVS proposal would require every employer in the United States to verify the employment eligibility of their workers through the EEVS database. More importantly, the EEVS proposal requires both citizens and non-citizens alike to obtain and present newly proposed documents such as a Social Security Card and Driver’s License that are compliant with the Real ID Act in order to work or continue working in the US. In practical terms, it means that everyone in the US would have to obtain “permission” from the government to get a job. Further, EEVS would require every person in America to carry a new and improved biometric Social Security card containing biometric information that could include fingerprints, retina scan and even, DNA. Unfortunately, the hopes of many government officials is that EEVS will serve as a magic solution to undocumented immigration.