Thursday, April 24, 2008

Last Saturday Molly reposted an article from the IWW website on the plans of the UD Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use a "no match" system to hunt down illegal migrant workers. The United Farm Workers also have a petition campaign against this piece of legislation. Their appeal follows. This campaign is only open to US workers, but if you are such and want to join go to .

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to start a new program of immigration enforcement that will punish thousands of legal, documented workers and companies who play by the rules. We need your help to stop them!

Take Action:
Tell DHS to Say No to No-Match
DHS is proposing using Social Security "no-match" letters for immigration enforcement. Every year, employers report their employees' Social Security numbers to the government as part of the process of paying their payroll taxes. The Social Security Administration (SSA) checks those numbers against their database; if they don't match, a so-called "no-match" letter is sent by SSA to the employer.

That works well enough when the issue is just checking the accuracy of Social Security's records. But now DHS is proposing to use this system for something far more critical -- identifying whether a worker is in this country legally. And the Social Security database just isn't accurate enough to be used reliably for that purpose.

Why isn't it? The Inspector General of the Social Security Administration estimates that there are more than 17 million errors in the database -- each of which would trigger a "no-match" letter. And more than 70% of those errors are in the records of legal, native-born American workers.

If you're one of those workers, when the "no-match" letter arrives, it's up to you and your employer -- not DHS or Social Security -- to resolve the "discrepancy". And if you can't get it resolved in time, your employer is required to fire you or risk significant penalties.

If DHS goes forward with this plan, it would cause thousands of people to be fired on an unverified hunch that an error in a database in Washington means that you're not a legal, authorized worker.

The Department of Homeland Security needs to hear from you that this is unacceptable. You can send a comment to them just by clicking this link:
Take Action:
Tell DHS to Say No to No-Match
Please take a moment to add your voice to ours in opposition to this misguided plan.
Don't wait -- Friday is the last day DHS will accept comments on this issue.
Thanks for all that you do,
Greg Tarpinian
Executive Director,
Change to Win

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