Judge stays immigration enforcement letters

The Social Security Administration was to begin sending letters notifying employers of stricter penalties for improper documentation of workers next week, but a federal judge has enjoined them, reports Jordan Robertson for the Associated Press:

The Social Security Administration cannot start sending out letters to employers next week containing notification of more serious penalties for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, a federal judge ruled Friday.

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 AFL-CIO lawsuit, filed this week, claims that new Department of Homeland Security rules outlined in accompanying letters threaten to violate workers’ rights and unfairly burden employers. Chesney said the court needs “breathing room” before making any decision on the legality of new penalties aimed at cracking down on the hiring of illegal immigrants.

She set the next hearing on the matter for Oct. 1.

Read the whole story at the link above. Odd that the labor unions are the ones trying to block enforcement; one could argue their members are directly impacted by undocumented workers who might keep wages down. And since when are unions EVER worried that something might “unfairly burden employers” anyway? Not in my lifetime, up ’til now . . .

In case anyone wondered, Judge Maxine Chesney was appointed to the federal bench by President Clinton in 1995.

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