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Law-Makers Get Earful from Experts During E-Verify Hearings

Much easier to pound one's chest over immigration than it is to come up with serious solutions.
Today's hearing in the House Committee on Ways and Means on mandatory electronic employment verification threw some cold water on Members of Congress who have been pressing, zombie-like, for mandatory verification of employment authorization.

The most compelling testimony came from Barbara Kennelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a Social Security advocacy group. Ms. Kennelly, a former member of Congress, talked about the impact of verification schemes now being considered by Congress on the Social Security Administration (SSA):

These proposals would divert SSA from its central mission of serving its own beneficiaries and would ask it instead to create a national employment verification system, using SSA databases and employees, to confirm the employment status of every American worker.
The problem, she noted in her testimony, is that Congress does not have a good track record for pairing new mandates with new resources.
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