Crackdown on Illegal Immigration Delayed
A temporary restraining order has been granted against the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) ruling to issue "no-match" letters to
employers, part of a DHS plan tocrack down on illegal immigration.
The ruling comes as part of a lawsuit filed against Michael Chertoff,
DHS secretary, on August 29 by the American Federation of Labor
and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
In August, DHS announced a plan to provide "no-match" letters
from the Social Security Administration (SSA) informing employers
when there is an employee whose name and Social Security number
do not match government records, and is therefore not authorized
to work in the United States.CLICK
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Among AFL-CIO's concerns are that some employees will be erroneously
fired immediately upon receipt of the new DSA/SSA no-match packet;
that false accusations against "workers with a 'foreign' appearance
and non-citizens" could lead to "an unfair stigma on Latino and
Asian" employees; that workers seeking to respond to the no-match
letter could lose time and pay from work during the process; and
that "employees who are authorized to work may not be able to correct
SSA data discrepancies in time."
The next hearing for the case, 3:07-cv-04472-CRB American Federation
of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations et al v. Chertoff
et al, is scheduled for October 1, 2007.
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