The Senate Judiciary Committee today begins the markup of immigration legislation that includes a provision to mandate the use of the employment verification E-Verify, Politico reports. E-Verify checks employees’ Social Security or other identification numbers against Department of Homeland Security records. The proposed bill would also expand the tool to include photos and offer grants to states that provide access to driver’s license information, the report states. Privacy activists and civil rights organizations have voiced concern over the bill. “We worry that it will expand to all these other purposes the same way the Social Security number has expanded and been used for 70-odd years,” said Chris Calabrese of the American Civil Liberties Union.
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