"On page 46 of the new draft, HR 2885, the prohibition on using the E-Verify database for other purposes is removed and replaced with a new section that allows the system to be used to “protect critical infrastructure”. That term is broadly defined and it’s not clear what this would mean in practice – screening air travelers, controlling access to federal facilities – but it is a clearly huge step expansion of the program. In one paragraph the government has said that E-Verify is not just for employment but also can be used for verifying identify for national security. You would now have to have your information correct in E-Verify not just to get a job but also potentially if you need to access “critical infrastructure”. Ironically this comes right after the paragraph saying there will be no National ID card."
- Chris Calabrese, ACLU Technology Counsel
INFORMATION ON THURSDAY'S HEARING
WHO : House Committee on the Judiciary
WHAT: Full Committee Markup of HR 2885: The Legal Workforce Act
WHEN: Thursday 9/15/2011 9:30 AM EST/10:30 CST/ 6:30 AM PST
WHERE: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building
WHY: Considering integrating drivers license records with E-Verify data management