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WP: NO MATCH RULE WILL BRING "BUREAUCRATIC CONFUSION ON AN EPIC SCALE"

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The Washington Post editorial folks are warning that the President's piecemeal immigration strategy will be as unsuccessful as his comprehensive reform efforts:

At the heart of the administration's new strategy is a plan to use government
data to identify undocumented workers who have provided their employers with
fraudulent Social Security numbers to qualify for a job. On identifying these
"no-match" employees, the government would alert employers, who would then have
90 days either to fire the workers in question or face hefty fines.



Simple, right? Wrong. For starters, the Social Security Administration's database is riddled with errors
-- mistakes, misspellings, hyphenated names wrongly entered and so forth.
According to the agency's own inspector general, these errors could affect 17.8
million records. That raises the probability of bureaucratic confusion on an
epic scale. In targeting illegal immigrants, the government's dragnet is likely
to sweep up huge numbers of citizens, both native-born and legal immigrants.
Would employers facing large fines really fight to keep workers -- even
perfectly legal ones -- whose documents were marred by a discrepancy?



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  1. chris's Avatar
    I like the comment in the article "foolish in the extreme", it describes the policy very well.
  2. alex's Avatar
    So why not just increase the grace period or provide some kind of relief during the initial deluge of letters rather than kill the whole the initiative?
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    That is why this legal action delaying the implementation of this rule is important. So many people would be affected by it some of them without deserving it.
  4. Crisis's Avatar
    This judge just extended the profiteering from then enslavement of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.
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