DHS Issues ‘Final’ No-Match Letter Rule, While Critics Vow to Continue Opposition

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Oct. 23 issued a supplemental final rule that it says provides additional background on how employers should respond when they receive no-match letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

But critics of DHS’s controversial no-match letter rules say the new proposal does not differ substantially from one that a federal judge in California blocked last year after business, labor and immigrant-rights groups filed a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.

Those groups say they will renew their challenge when DHS asks U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer to lift an injunction he imposed in October 2007 prohibiting the department from enforcing the rules. DHS is expected to make that request within the next few days.

SSA informs thousands of employers every year via no-match letters that certain employees' names and corresponding Social Security numbers provide...(register to read more)

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