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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

KYL AMENDMENT PROVIDES $60M TO FUND BASIC PILOT PROGRAM

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I've been blogging of late about the backdoor efforts to get in to law Title III of the comprehensive immigration reform bill recently ditched by the Senate. Title III would have requiree all employers in the country to use the Basic Pilot program, an electronic employment verification system.



Recently, state laws  have started to pass requiring employers to use Basic Pilot and now provisions are being added to federal budget bills requiring federal contractors to use the system. I've stated my concerns about a lack of funding to properly handle the addition of all these new users. The concern is not whether the electronic system can handle the users, but how "false positives" are managed when human beings have to actually resolve problems.



I did get a look this weekend at the handwritten text of a provision added to the HHS funding bill by voice vote. It will provide $60,000,000 additional funding for Basic Pilot for this year. Whether that's enough to handle the additional demand remains to be seen.

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  1. Eric Bort's Avatar
    Hi Greg.. My company has been working with the basic pilot program for over a year now, and from what I've heard they're doing stress tests on the system to make sure it can handle the new load if these laws pass/the EEV system becomes mandated in the coming years.

    The Basic Pilot has its flaws, but just like tax-prep companies there are those out there who have built upon the Basic Pilot system and provide enhanced services to minimize duplicate SSN matches, etc.

    Honestly though I don't think 60,000,000 is enough.. I think at the rate they're implying (the government) for all businesses to sign up in the coming years they would have to be able to handle over 20,000 new employers a day signing up through their system!
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Eric - Given what we've seen happen with passport applications, I tend to think you're right.
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