The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a "No-Match" regulation on Friday in an effort to help the government identify and crack down on employers who knowingly hire illegal workers. The No-Match regulation was just one of numerous steps introduced by the Bush administration aimed at curbing illegal immigration.
According to the DHS, in cases in which an employer has a significant number of employees with inaccurate personal identity information, the Social Security Administration will send the employer a No-Match letter. Employers may be held liable if they fail to respond to the No-Match letter within 90 days. If a worker's identity can't be confirmed within the 90-day period, the company must fire the employee or face steep fines. In addition, the DHS will raise the civil fines imposed on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants by approximately 25 percent compared to what they currently pay.
Some of the other measures the DHS introduced include:
- A regulation that will reduce the number of documents that employers must accept to confirm the identity and work eligibility of their employees;
- The expansion of criminal investigations against employers who knowingly hire large numbers of illegal aliens;
- The creation of a rulemaking process requiring all federal contractors and vendors to use e-verify, the federal electronic employment verification system, to ensure that their employees are authorized to work in the U.S.;
- The streamlining of the H-2B work visa program for non-agricultural seasonal workers;
- An extension of visa terms for professional workers from Canada and Mexico to attract more of these talented workers to the U.S.
The new regulations announced Friday stem from the failure to pass immigration overhaul legislation by Congress.
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