It was to be a major step forward in immigration enforcement, but the Bush Administration has abandoned, and is now revising, its strategy for penalizing businesses that hire illegal immigrants. The rules would have required employers to fire workers if their Social Security numbers didn’t match records and if the discrepancies couldn’t be resolved within 90 days.
Last month, a federal judge in San Francisco issued a temporary injunction stopping the government from enforcing the rules. The judge said errors in the Social Security database could cost legal workers their jobs. He also said the government hadn’t properly studied the effect of the rules on businesses.
The Administration has now told the judge that it will have new rules on the issue ready by spring. The judge has giving the administration until March 24th.