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E-Verify Misses Half of Illegal Workers Checked

WASHINGTON (AP) - A study suggests that an online program some employers use to weed out illegal workers misses more than half the people it's supposed to identify.

The research company that evaluated the E-Verify system for the Homeland Security Department found 54 percent of the illegal
immigrants checked through E-Verify are cleared to work because
they are using stolen or borrowed identities.

E-Verify allows employers to run a worker's information against
Homeland Security Department and Social Security databases to check whether the person is permitted to work in the U.S. Congress and the Obama administration are urging employers to use E-Verify voluntarily to help curb illegal immigration.

E-Verify correctly identified legal workers 93 percent of the
time.


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