Readers write about electronic employment verification and vacationing in Canada.
US citizens, residents must overcome E-Verify glitches
Regarding the July 7 article "With E-Verify, too many errors to expand its use?": The article has a major shortcoming in that it makes no attribution for the cause of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) database error that resulted in Fernando Tinoco's nonconfirmation. Instead, the article starts from the premise that the database error is somehow a fault of the system – even though this may not be the case.
Although it is not discussed in the article, it is quite possible that Mr. Tinoco's nonconfirmation was caused by an error of his own making, especially since he is a naturalized citizen.
According to testimony provided by the US Government Accountability Office, "The majority of SSA erroneous tentative nonconfirmations occur because employees' citizenship or other information, such as name changes, is not up to date in the SSA database, generally because individuals do not request that SSA make these updates."
Note that it is not the responsibility of the SSA to search out changes of status. Rather, it is the responsibility of the individual to update the SSA with changes of status.
In response to the article on E-Verify: I have direct experience with the Basic Pilot/Employment Eligibility Verification program and the legal immigration process.
Employers who fire new hires before they are allowed to contest a "nonconfirmation letter" are putting themselves in a sticky legal situation.
An immigrant who went through the work of becoming a legal resident will usually contest a nonconfirmation. My wife became a legal resident recently. The amount of time, money, and paperwork required to become a legal resident of this country is ridiculous – even for someone whose first language is English.
Those who have successfully become legal residents can be expected to fight tooth and nail for their rights (including contesting nonconfirmations). Therefore, I am sure 90 percent of the nonconfirmations that are not contested are because the individuals are illegal immigrants.