"There is only one way to really get a system that will stop illegal immigration and stop employers from hiring, and that is by creating a biometric-based Federal employment verification system that will give both employers and employees the peace of mind that employment relationships are both lawful and proper. It will also give the American people the same peace of mind. This system will be our most important asset in dramatically reducing the number of illegal aliens who are able to live and work in the United States.
...I am eager to enact comprehensive reform with a strong, tough employer verification system."
IDSP Issues Report Calling for National Identity Verification Standard
WASHINGTON/PRNewswire -The Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP) released a workshop report calling for the development of an American National Standard on identity verification as a tool to help combat terrorism and identity theft. The IDSP workshop and report were driven by recognized vulnerabilities in the issuance of foundational documents used to prove identity, in particular the birth certificate. Since agencies typically rely on but do not verify birth certificates and other source credentials such as driver's licenses and Social Security cards used to establish identity, there is a loophole where identity theft and fraud can occur.
A project plan was developed and a team formed to take this work forward under the leadership of the North American Security Products Organization (NASPO), an ANSI-accredited standards developer. See www.naspo.info for a summary of the work done to develop identity verification guidelines."Participants in the workshop concluded that a common systematic process is needed to achieve a level of assurance whether to accept or reject a person's claim of identity," said Dr. Graham Whitehead, director of standards development for NASPO and the project's leader. "A strong identity verification process will go a long way toward preventing credentials from getting into the hands of terrorists and identity criminals."
The report cites other envisioned benefits of identity verification guidelines to [...] enhance the security and credibility of government and commercial credentials issued downstream, such as public and private-sector employment identification cards, U.S. passports, Medicare / Medicaid cards, and credit/charge cards.