Last Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security released a final administrative rule regarding “no-match” letters. “No-match” letters are sent as a result of employers using the e-verify system to confirm that employees are eligilbe to work. If an employee’s social security number shows up with “no-match” a letter is sent to the employer.
The system has been widely criticized because of errors, inaccurate databases and the high probabilty of human mistakes that lead to loss of jobs for eligible workers. Now, during a time of intense economic crisis, the administration has taken more steps that endanger workers.
Ali Noorani from the National Immigration Forum has a great post on this new development:
Given our country’s rapidly unraveling economy, measures that further weaken businesses and threaten the economic security of our nation and of legitimate workers – native and immigrant worker alike – are bizarre.
The Administration was under no legal obligation to issue these regulations. In fact, the initial rules were contested in court.
Recent news reports and Congressional hearings have uncovered scandals in the immigration enforcement agency’s handling of its charges, pointing to the need for greater accountability. Instead, both Congress and the administration are loosening the reins—Congress, by giving ICE buckets and buckets of new taxpayer dollars, and now the administration, by finalizing a policy that will be hazardous to our economic health and by dragging the Social Security Administration into the fray.
It is clear the Bush administration is determined to continue tightening the screws on immigrants with new deportation-only initiatives, using its last few months in office to put regulations in place that will make it that much more difficult for a new administration to tackle immigration in a straightforward and reasonable way.
We need reasonable and sensible solutions, not more immigrant scapegoating that puts all Americans at risk!