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Jessica St. Pierre Biography

Florida-based US citizen
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“I am proof that E-Verify unfairly traps too many workers who have work authorization—both citizen and immigrant alike. And if it can happen to me, a U.S. citizen who was born in Florida, it can happen to anyone.

In November 2010, I landed what I thought would be an exciting job in the telecommunications industry. I filled out routine paperwork, and expected to get started right away.

I was shocked when the company’s HR department told me that an electronic system had flagged me as unauthorized to work in the United States. I promptly went to the Social Security Office, where I was told that there was no problem. Little did I know that the error was an administrative one that involved E-Verify, a system that I—like most American workers–knew nothing about. By the time the error was corrected, it was too late – I was already out of a job.

I didn’t know what E-Verify was or why it existed, but I knew my life would be changed forever. I had to figure out why my name was flagged by a government computer, while I worried about how to explain my termination to a perspective new employer. Three months later and after suffering much stress, I got a lower paying job. The computer mistakes still haunt me because I now fear it could happen again, if I ever look for another job.

I was not the first person to lose my job because of a false finding from E-Verify and I won’t be the last. Wouldn’t it be better for the economy and for regular folks like me if Congress made sure the database was working properly before imposing it on all employers across the U.S.? One job lost because of a computer error is one job too many.”

“The High Cost of E-Verify,”, June 28, 2013

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