ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A provision in the Senate immigration bill would make it mandatory for businesses to use E-Verify, a database that's supposed to tell whether a potential hire is eligible to work in the U.S. But some Minnesota employers call the system unreliable.
They have a sympathetic ear in Sen. Al Franken. The Minnesota Democrat says the system isn't ready for prime time. He says the requirement could be burdensome for small businesses including farms that hire immigrant workers.
Minnesota Public Radio reports the system is prone to misidentifying legal workers. It has a false positive rate of about 0.7 percent.
Franken says big businesses have HR departments that can sort things out. But he says the error rate is simply too high for small businesses and farmers already stretched for time.
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