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How to Address the Identification Issue of Immigration Reform | Commentary

A next step could be for the Department of Homeland Security to work with USCIS to connect a voluntary identity service pilot with E-Verify. Based on a trusted identity service model using personal mobile devices and available mobile biometric applications, E-Verify transactions can be made between employees and the USCIS directly, and they include electronic credentials that individuals can share with employers and biometrically authenticate.

The Senate should consider directing DHS to create an identity service pilot that uses biometrics to support all immigration benefit programs in S 744, including E-Verify, thereby ensuring integrity, privacy and convenience in the employment-verification process.

Patrick Schambach was founding associate undersecretary for information technology and chief information officer for the Transportation Security Administration. He is now VP/GM of Homeland Security and Law Enforcement for Computer Sciences Corp.ís North American Public Sector. Lora Ries served as a Department of Homeland Security executive and is now senior principal for directing immigration reform strategy for CSCís North American Public Sector and its Border and Immigration Solutions Center of Excellence.

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