E-Verify FailE-Verify is an electronic system for verifying work authorization developed in the Bush era. It was shown to be riddled with errors and to regularly result in discriminatory treatment against immigrants who have legal status.

As an outspoken opponent of the system, Voces de la Frontera joined with its allies to call on the incoming Obama administration to reject it. Instead, it moved ahead with extending the scheme. Our campaign continues with new urgency in the context of emerging immigration reform plans…

RELATED: Between 2007-2009 Voces was at the forefront of a successful campaign to defeat a similar crackdown on workers based on Social Security ‘No Match’ letters.


E-Verify was launched in 2007 when the Department of Homeland Security rebranded a voluntary pilot program that had been taken up by a number of corporations to check the work eligibility of new-hires.

DHS sought to aggressively promote the system, backed by legislators who increasingly sought to make its use a requirement in the issue of state and federal contracts.

However, many businesses groups remained opposed, criticising the scheme as burdensome and unreliable. Civil rights and labor groups highlighted serious flaws with the system, which attempts to combine immigration and Social Security databases. They pointed to major issues with unreliable data.

The incoming Obama administration faced calls to scrap the scheme. However, in July 2009, after considering the issue for six months, it announced that businesses which won federal contracts would be required to use E-Verify to check any workers engaged in those projects and all new hires.

As plans now emerge in Congress for a new immigration reform bill, the further extension of E-Verify is a central strand.


How Errors in E-Verify Databases Impact U.S. Citizens and Lawfully Present Immigrants – NILC, March 2010

Fatal Flaws: Social Security Administration Shows Us How E-Verify Doesn’t Work – NILC, January 2010

Materials for Workers and Worker Advocates – NILC