Wednesday, September 14, 2011

H.R. 2885, The Legal Workforce Act markup addresses security infrastructure

"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

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

AMERICAN JOBS: Why broad based coalitions are opposing the Legal Workforce Act

A 5-11 Campaign Action Alert  


The House Judiciary Committee will be hearing the Legal Workforce Act Thursday morning - a bill to mandate E-Verify and to integrate federal employment data systems with State drivers license records.  It may create a permission based system to work in the United States for Americans.  It comes from the same people who brought you the Real ID Act - sponsored in part by Rep. Lamar Smith and Rep. James Sensenbrenner. 
If continued,  E-Verify may create employment barriers for some citizens. There are also outstanding privacy concerns over SSN#'s administered in a web based application. 
You can take action by contacting the House Judiciary Committee to ask them to vote NO on The Legal Workforce Act --before it becomes the next national identity mandate. Use your constituent power by calling key Committee members from your State.  
NOTE: Hearing information may change so keep refreshing the calendar section. 
WATCH THE HEARING ONLINE: 
Airs Thursday 9/15/2011-  9:30 AM EST/10:30 CST/ 6:30 AM PST
GOTO http://judiciary.house.gov/index.html >> Video Casts Window OR Hearings & Markups OR Calendar >> May be viewed under HEARING DOCUMENTATION
Request C-Span coverage for this hearing: (877) 662-7726


POSITIONS IN SUPPORT OF ACTION:

ACLU Coalition (Democrats, Libertarians & Independents)

Liberty Coalition (Republicans, Libertarians & Independents)

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