Thursday, August 2, 2007

Is the administration preparing for an increase in local enforcement for the employers of "undocumented" workers? Some businesses are getting anxious:

The firings comes as businesses try to avoid getting caught in a Bush administration crackdown on illegal immigrants.

The Homeland Security Department is expected to soon make public new rules for employers notified when a worker's name or Social Security number is flagged by the Social Security Administration.

The rule, as initially drafted, requires employers to fire people who can't be verified as a legal worker and can't resolve within 60 days why the name or Social Security number on their W-2 form doesn't match the government's database.

Employers who don't comply could face fines of 250 to $10,000 per illegal worker and incident.

Will this rule actually be put in place?