The Bush administration, in an aggressive new effort to keep illegal immigrants out of the workforce, on Monday ordered all companies doing business with the federal government to begin ensuring their employees can legally work in the U.S.
The order will require thousands of firms to use a government system called E-Verify to check workers' Social Security numbers. [...]
Firms doing business with the government risk losing their contracts if they break federal rules.
What's the problem with that? What part about "illegal" don't they understand???? Oh wait:
[I]n 2006 the Social Security inspector general found discrepancies in 17.8 million records for citizens and legal immigrants[.]
Women sometimes change their last names when getting married. The Social Security Administration database sometimes generates its own mistakes through sloppy data entry or god knows what else. Does your company employ 24 people? If so, one of your co-workers, on average, has a discrepancy in the SSA database, and would therefore disqualify your company from contracting with the feds until the error is fixed and certified. Good luck with that!
And as almost always happens, another "fix" on illegal immigration ends up punishing U.S. citizens.