Tuesday, March 9, 2010

This RIDE May Be a Scary One

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Don't just tell me, show me. That seems to be the latest Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mantra as it seeks to turn more American employers into federal immigration officers. The newest tentacle on this well-fed octopus is a partnership between United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA).

RIDE's premise is very simple. In addition to verifying a person's eligibility to work in the U.S. by tapping into the Social Security database, participating employers may now punch a few more numbers to help them determine if the applicant's face matches DMV's records and if the driver's license or ID is being used fraudulently. DHS is quick to add that this program has nothing to do with the Real ID Act of 2005.

Every one of the 50 states is free to adopt the system or ignore it. So far, only Arizona has agreed to participate. California has said no thank you, for now. This voluntary program,
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