I’ve discussed the problem of Social Security Fraud that frequently goes hand-in-hand with illegal immigration, fugitives, and deadbeat parents. A new DHS rule was supposed to be implemented in about a week that would inform businesses about potential SSN fraud among their employees and the stricter penalties for not taking care of the problem. The AFL-CIO didn’t like that rule as it would affect membership (current and future) and the ACLU opposed it (ie the “usual suspects”). A San Fransicso judge has blocked the rule until October:
Ruling on a lawsuit by the nation’s largest federation of labor unions against the U.S. government, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting the so-called “no-match” letters from going out as planned starting Tuesday.
The Social Security Administration has sent out “no-match” letters for more than two decades warning employers of discrepancies in the information the government has on their workers. Employers often brushed aside the letters, and the small fines that sometimes were incurred, as a cost of doing business.
But this year, those letters will be accompanied by notices from the Department of Homeland Security outlining strict new requirements for employers to resolve those discrepancies within 90 days or face fines or criminal prosecution, if they’re deemed to have knowingly hired illegal immigrants.
The Department of Homeland Security has vowed to fight what it calls “an obvious attempt to impede the department’s ability to enforce our immigration laws.”
Due to this being a DHS rule, it is primarily targeted at illegal immigrants, but will also have reprecussions on those who, criminally, wish to hide their identity.
Fortunately, if this rule is stopped by this Judge or the 9th Circuit, it is comforting to know that the DHS is going to fight and the 9th Circuit is the most overturned court in the country by the Supreme Court (which is probably where this will end up). Unfortunately, this also means an extension in the time that victims will continue to be victimized by the ID thieves and fugitives et al. will work worry free.
UPDATE: I missed this, earlier, but while were on the subject of court cases, students in Kansas lost their appeal on a law that to give illegal immigrants in-state tuition while stiffing US citizens and visa holders with higher tuition rates. We’ll see if it also goes to the Supreme Court or not.