Sen. Chuck Schumer
Sen. Chuck Schumer


Senate Immigration Subcommittee Chair Chuck Schumer said he would like to pursue a biometric workplace verification tool that would replace E-Verify. Sen. Schumer made the announcement during the third immigration subcommittee hearing of the Congressional session.

Yesterday's hearing focused on Sen. Schumer's technologically advanced verification system, which he said must be part of any immigration reform plan.


The only way to stop illegal immigration is to stop employers from hiring illegal immigrants. We must . . . adopt a system that relies upon objective, rather than subjective, criteria to prove identity and legal status. The system must be non-forgeable and airtight.

Sen. Schumer plans to reveal an immigration reform bill that would offer amnesty to 11-18 million illegal aliens later this year. Both sides of the aisle agree that increased enforcement of the nation's immigration laws must be part of any deal with workplace verification as a central component of the bill.

E-Verify is the current system in place verifying worker's eligibility using data from the Social Security Administration and other government agencies. The system provides a positive confirmation for 96.9 percent of applicants and has the support of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Two weeks ago, the Senate approved amendments to the new Homeland Security Spending Bill that would require all federal contractors to use the system and a permanent re-authorization (see petition).

Sen. Schumer doesn't share the same confidence in E-Verify as Napolitano and the majority of the Senate. Schumer called E-Verify "half-hearted and flawed" and said it doesn't provide safeguards against identity theft.


Updated: Wed, Dec 30th 2009 @ 11:39am EST