A U.S. federal court judge on Wednesday blocked a key part of the Bush administration’s stepped-up efforts to crack down on illegal immigrant workers and those who employ them.
Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction against a program that would force employers to verify Social Security numbers and fire workers whose numbers did not match official records.
This judge thinks that forcing employers to verify SSNs and holding them to 90 days to either get the error corrected or fire the worker is unfair to all workers.
The ACLU, the AFL-CIO, and other labor groups brought the lawsuit challenging the law.
Breyer had already blocked the Social Security Administration from sending out 140,000 letters to employers with 8 million employees whose names did not match their nine-digit identification numbers.
So we’ve got a list of potential problems (of all sorts) that this judge has prevented from being checked.
I’ve always felt that two main strategies need to be implemented before any real reform of the illegal immigration problem can begin. We must a) Secure the border and b) Go hard after employers who hire illegal aliens.
These aren’t ground-breaking ideas, here. They’re simply enforcement of existing law and plain common sense.