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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.

Dennis Pollet
Redondo Beach, Calif.


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