by Jenn Carter
President Donald Trump’s administration has quietly reactivated a computer check that warns employers when their new employees are most likely illegal immigrants.
Democrats and Soros-funded open-borders lobbyists, however, are not keeping quiet, erupting in fury at the new push to protect American families from illegal immigrants in the nation’s job market.
The so-called “no-match” letter warns employers that their employees’ claimed Social Security Numbers are suspect — and so allows the employers to minimize their legal risks by quietly firing the employees who do not have a right to work.
Why is Trump’s action a “revival”?
Because the program was stopped by President Barack Obama since it was so effective at warning employers that workers were illegal aliens.
Immigration enforcement supporters hailed the move.
“It is a very big move,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies. She continued:
Our government knows the name, address, and place of employment of millions of illegal workers … These jobs should be for Americans and legal workers … the market would bring wages up to $15 an hour for more workers if we didn’t have so much illegal employment.
The policy should also identify the Social Security Numbers that have been stolen by illegals from Americans, she said. The government, she said:
knows that millions of Americans have had their identity stolen by these workers … They know the scale of Social Security Number misuse is massive — but they certainly don’t want to have to deal with the millions of irate Americans who have to resolve misuse of their SSN.
John Urban, executive director of the anti-illegal immigration group BorderPAC, said the move is “just the first of a host of planned actions, to battle illegal employment, identity theft and facilitate increased workplace enforcement by ICE.”
Many — but not all — employers will cooperate and fire the illegals, Vaughn predicted. “A lot of employers want to do the right thing, and they have been duped by false documents, and they want to get into compliance with the law.” However, the new policy will not deter the many employers who pay their illegal immigrants under the table, she said.
That’s why, as Urban notes, Trump’s DHS is also stepping up active workplace enforcement to target wayward employers.
But pro-migration Democrats are denouncing Trump’s pro-worker move. On May 3rd, a group of more than 40 Democrats touted likely flaws in the wage-boosting process. In a letter to the Social Security Administration, they wrote:
We are writing to strongly oppose the directive to impose Employer Correction Request Notices also referred [to] as “No-Match Letters.” This action will cause numerous problems by diverting resources away from frontline workers whose primary mission is administering benefits. Additionally, this rule can result in increased discrimination and abuses against U.S. workers, particularly women.
The estimated cost of roughly $1.3 million would be better spent delivering government benefits to people and hiring more government workers, said the letter.
The Hill reported:
“This is one more tool in their arsenal, I think, to drive the community into the shadows of society, to create more anti-immigrant sentiment in the country and just to create fear and instability in communities with large immigrant populations,” said Rep. Jesús García (D-Ill.), the lead signatory of the Democratic letter.
Garcia’s mention of the “community” likely includes the population of illegal immigrants in his Chicago district and the districts of other cosigners of the letter. The other cosigners include Somali immigrant Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Indian immigrant Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), who represents a Los Angeles district that is almost entirely Latino and likely includes many illegals.
The Democrats’ top leadership did not sign the letter.
The letter was also endorsed by a large group of pro-migration groups, many funded by radical leftist billionaire George Soros, including the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the NAACP, the Service Employees International Union, and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Immigration lawyers also objected to the American protection program:
If these groups are panicking, BorderPAC’s Urban says, “then you know this revived policy is helping American workers at the expense of illegal aliens and identity thieves.”