DHS announces new changes to E-Verify immigration program

However, it is unclear whether the reforms announced Wednesday will address many of the criticisms recently levied at the E-Verify program, expanded in 2008 under former President George W. Bush.

The Westat report commissioned by DHS last year pegged the system's inaccuracy rate for catching unauthorized workers at a towering 54 percent, according to the study. By contrasy, E-Verify did correctly clear legal workers about 99 percent of the time, the study concluded.