Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Federal Court Grants Preliminary Injunction on DHS "No Match" Rule

Last updated October 11, 2007

Today a federal judge issued a preliminary order that stops the government from implementing a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule on Social Security Administration (SSA) "no match" letters. The order prevents any implementation of the new DHS rule until the court makes a final ruling, according to a press release from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC). >To read a brief explanation of the order from NILC click here.

"The government's proposal to disseminate no-match letters affecting more than eight million workers will, under the mandated time line, result in the termination of employment to lawfully employed workers," the judge wrote (Washington Post).

The order follows a lawsuit filed by the AFL-CIO, the ACLU, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and local labor movements. According to the organizations, the rule violates the law and will cause discrimination against workers perceived as immigrants.