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August 23, 2018In the News

Fortier quoted in “Dairy Employee Arrested In Tibbetts Murder Exposes Immigration Loophole”

Michael Best Partner Kelly Fortier was featured in MILK Business’ article, “Dairy Employee Arrested In Tibbetts Murder Exposes Immigration Loophole” on August 23, 2018.

“The Social Security Number Verification Service is a system designed only to verify social security numbers,” says Kelly Fortier, partner and immigration sub-practice leader with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. “It’s not a system that should be used for immigration verification. It’s a system that should be used to make sure that the payroll withholding is going to a legitimate number.”

If someone uses another person’s name and social security number and that number is valid, it is unlikely to be flagged, Fortier says.

The e-verify system processes employee I-9 form information through two separate databases, the Social Security Administration's database and the Department of Homeland Security databases, according to Fortier. Even with the additional process, she says it’s unlikely e-verify would have found the discrepancy because e-verify does not have photo matches for state-issued identification.

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