State of Illinois Bans Basic Pilot Program
September 17, 2007
This is pretty drastic. Evidently Illinois governor Rob Blagojevich distrusts the Social Security Administration’s and Department of Homeland Security’s databases so much that he and other Illinois law-makers have banned the use of the basic pilot program. The basic pilot program allows employers to query these databases to determine if their employees are legal U.S. workers. I understand their concern about the fallibility of these databases. There are definitely some false-positives that come across (tentative non-confirmations that occur due to poor record keeping or data entry by these governmental agencies), but this seems a bit drastic. See the article below.
There is a vague provision that allows use of the system after “training” of an organization has occurred. I have been told by those in the know that this legislation is most likely in response to a power play from Illinois’ labor unions and that this law will ultimately be deemed unconstitutional.