USA Today reports that the federal E-Verify system is becoming increasingly popular with states, despite the pitfalls and controversies that surround its use. The problems, identified in a report commissioned by the Homeland Security Department, include the following:
- false preliminary rejections that may result in increased discrimination against foreign-born employees
- improper use of E-Verify to check the status of job applicants
- lack of measures to prevent the use of fraudulent IDs
Janet Napolitano, new head of the Department of Homeland Security and a strong supporter of E-Verify, has ordered a review of the program, due February 20, 2009.