Wednesday, May 18, 2005

H.R. 98 - Social Security Card Requirement

Currently pending in Congress, House Resolution 98, the "Illegal Immigration Enforcement and Social Security Protection Act of 2005," sponsored by Rep. David Dreier, Republican, would require all people seeking employment in the U.S. to obtain a Social Security Card.

The law would require Social Security Cards to have an encrypted, machine-readable strip that can be read by employers, and to have security features to prevent counterfeiting and tampering. All cards would also have a digitized photograph.

So individuals would have to carry around this card, plus their driver's license as mandated by the REAL ID act, if this law were enacted.

Employers would have to ask for the card and possess some kind of machine capable of reading the magnetic strip, or some other process to verify its validity.

The bill is currently before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration.


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