Web based Immigration Checks for Companies

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, September 7, 2005

A web based pilot program is currently underway to rapidly determine the eligibility of a worker to work legally in US.

Under the “Basic Pilot Program,” employers enter a person’s name, birth date and other data on a website. The information is then run through databases maintained by the Social Security Administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Employers never learn if the individual might be in the country illegally. They simply get a “yes” or “no” on the person’s work status.

Applicants can appeal if they disagree with the results. The program doesn’t include fingerprint or other biometric checks to determine if applicants are using someone else’s Social Security number or name. Ideally, the checks would eventually include a photo identification card supplied by the Social Security Administration. But the agency has estimated it could take at least $4 billion to produce such cards.

Source: Wired News

There are still chances of forgery as people can impersonate as someone else and arrive with their documents. Also it is not known about the rate of false positives. False positives may seriously deter legal workers from joining the workforce.

Such services may also be subject to man-in-the-middle attacks. The consequences of which could be enormous.

Overall I think it is a step in the right direction. We need such a system for India too.

May 1, 2006: 9:51 pm


by Jim Kouri, CPP
Saturday April 29, 2006
Recent nationwide street demonstrations by illegal aliens and their supporters, demanding amnesty for 12 million or more illegal immigrants, have been portrayed in the media as representing the views of all Hispanics in the US

However, according to opinion polls, including one conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, Americans are divided on the issue with 53% saying that people who are in the US illegally should be required to go home. According to the Pew Study, a growing number also believe that illegal immigrants are a burden to the country, taking jobs and housing and creating strains on the health care system.

These facts reflect the position of many Hispanic-Americans — citizens, legal immigrants and the children of immigrants — who strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens and support enforcement of US immigration laws.

In response to the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have been marching under the Mexican flag demanding to be rewarded for having violated US mmigration law, a new coalition has been formed to accurately represent Hispanics in the US who work hard, play by the rules and want the opportunity to see their own kids get ahead. Known as “You Don’t Speak for Me,” the coalition aims to dispel the impression that the people out on the streets represent the views of all Hispanic-Americans.

“Politicians and the media seem to believe that Hispanic-Americans hold a monolithic view on the subject of immigration,” said Peter Nunez, a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and a spokesman for the group.

“In fact, millions of Hispanic-Americans — including many who have gone through the immigration process the right way — are offended by the demands being made by people who have broken our nation’s laws. We are even more offended that the views of Hispanic citizens are not being accurately portrayed,” he said.

The “You Don’t Speak for Me” coalition supports the strengthening and enforcement of US immigration laws, including manpower and barriers along the US-Mexico border, denial of non-emergency benefits and services to people who are in the country illegally, and vigorous enforcement against businesses that hire illegal aliens.

“Hispanic-Americans are often the people who are harmed the most by our government’s failure to enforce our immigration laws,” Nunez said.

“More often than not, it’s our jobs, our social services, and the education of our children that are most adversely affected by illegal immigration. A massive illegal alien amnesty, with millions more relatives being allowed to enter the country, followed by what will likely be an even greater wave of illegal immigration will de devastating to the country and particularly to Hispanic citizens.”

With another round of illegal immigrant demonstrations scheduled for May 1, “You Don’t Speak for Me” is urging the media to portray fairly the views of Hispanic-Americans on this issue. “You Don’t Speak for Me” spokespeople around the nation are available to speak to the media to present a balanced picture of Hispanic-American views on illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens.

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