Saturday, March 29, 2008

Administration will seek to continue ‘no match’ Social Security warnings

The Bush administration unveiled a revised rule Friday which threatens businesses with prosecution unless they fire employees identified as possible illegal immigrants through Social Security numbers.

The program was stalled by a federal judge in September, but if an alteration in the program satisfies the court, the U.S. could begin issuing warnings to 140,000 employers as early as June. The letters specify suspect Social Security numbers used by such employees and require businesses to resolve the questions or fire the employees within 90 days.

The plaintiffs in the court case, including the AFL-CIO, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Civil Liberties Union, allege that the plan will cause major workplace disruptions and discriminate against legal workers, including native-born Americans.

The effort to wean the U.S. economy off an estimated 8.7 million illegal workers has long been blocked by economic interests and civil rights concerns. Said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff "The No-Match Rule is an important tool for cracking down on illegal hiring practices while providing honest employers with the guidance they need."



  2. Many employers used the economic advantage of hiring illegal immigrant labor. Many did not need them. In other words, they won the contract bids against businesses that provided decent wages and benefits to their American employees. It got so twisted that in South Carolina there were construction companies OWNED by an illegal immigrant with illegal immigrant labor bidding against a lone American construction company owner and his illegal immigrant crew.


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