Immigration Enforcement

After 4 Senate Victories, How Do We Protect Them From Backroom Death?

By Roy Beck, Friday, July 10, 2009, 1:05 PM

What a week!

And, yes, the results were just as wonderful and just as scary as you might hope and fear.

Most of you are shocked by the Senate’s passage of 4 strong immigration enforcement amendments that would open up hundreds of thousands of jobs to unemployed Americans over the next year alone. Maybe even millions of jobs!

The Sessions E-Verify amendmentThe DeMint fence amendmentThe Vitter no-match amendment. The Grassley E-Verify amendment.

Rightfully, many of you are skeptical.  You are asking us: Did the Senate Democratic Leadership — that has opposed everything that favors unemployed Americans over illegal aliens — suddenly “allow” us to win as a kind of trap? What’s the trick?

First,  you really do need to take a minute to celebrate (just a little). Your pressure has caused the Democratic leadership to retreat a bit. The fact that congressional leaders believe that they have to concede some victories to us shows that your efforts are having some effect.

But, based on our information from inside Congress, we should expect that Senate Majority Leader Reid, House Speaker Pelosi and Pres. Obama have every intention of killing these amendments in a backroom maneuver when the joint Conference Committee negotiates the final bill to be sent to the President. (See below.)

NEXT 2 WEEKS OUR BEST CHANCE FOR IMPROVEMENT THIS YEAR

Friends, we spend most of our time trying to get good legislation just looked at somewhere.

We are in a totally different — and better — position at this moment. What we have now is amazingly good legislation already passed by the U.S. Senate — by easy margins! The good stuff is on the table. It’s on its way to law. It is ours to lose right now.  We haven’t been in a better position than this in a very long time.  Instead of fighting for our lives to stop something really bad, we have something very good to protect and preserve.

Our Action Buffet team already has several important faxes for you to send from your corkboard to protect the 4 Amendments.  But we will come back to you Monday with another task, and perhaps a number of others during the week.  One of our Capitol Hill Team told me late last night that there is no reason to save energy for any other time — NOW is the time to mobilize everything we have.

As you fight, remember that you aren’t fighting just for yourself or your family but for 15 million Americans and their families who currently are desperately searching for a job but can’t find one.

If you win in keeping these enforcement amendments in the DHS bill, hundreds of thousands of jobless families will once again have income, benefits and the hope of not having their houses foreclosed.  Is that enough incentive?

We are highly unlikely to get a better chance to make a huge humanitarian difference the rest of the year.

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July 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

DHS to Revive No-Match Regulations

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff announced on October 23rd that the Administration will ask a federal judge to lift a stay on new federal no-match regulations, a move that has angered both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). If DHS is successful in reviving the regulation, the government could begin mailing no-match notices to an estimated 140,000 employers regarding suspect Social Security numbers and immigration documents. (The Washington Post, October 24, 2008)

The No-Match Regulation, which was finalized in September 2007, provides a “safe harbor” protocol for employers who receive a no-match letter. Sent by either the Social Security Administration (SSA) or DHS, these letters notify employers that there is a discrepancy with the information provided by the employer on an employee’s I-9 form. Under the regulation, an employer who receives a no-match letter:

  • Has 30 days to check the appropriate records and determine if the discrepancy was caused by a clerical error, correct the error with SSA, and verify that the corrected name and Social Security number match SSA’s records;
  • Must contact the local DHS office in accordance with instructions included in the letter to resolve discrepancies in the stated immigration status of the employee, if the letter was sent by DHS;
  • Must attempt to re-verify the worker’s employment eligibility by completing a new I-9 employment verification form, if the discrepancy cannot be resolved with either SSA or DHS within 90 days of receipt of a no-match letter.

Additionally, if the employer cannot verify the employee’s work eligibility through completion of a new I-9 form, the employer may terminate the employee. If the employee is retained, the employer could be determined to have constructive knowledge that they are continuing the employment of an illegal alien. (See, Safe-Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter, ICEB-2006-0004-0001, June 14, 2006)

The regulation was stayed by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer after a suit was brought against it by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Civil Liberties Union and the AFL-CIO. In March 2008, DHS responded to the court’s concerns by publishing a supplemental Proposed Rule that included a more detailed analysis of how the Department developed the regulation and an economic analysis of the rule. (See, Small Entity Impact Analysis: Supplemental Proposed Rule “Safe- Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No- Match Letter, ICEB-2006-0004)

In response to Chertoff’s announcement, Randel K. Johnson, a vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told the Washington Post, “We are looking at our litigation options,” (The Washington Post, October 24, 2008)

Chertoff commented on the Supplemental Rule finalized October 23rd: “The additional information in this supplemental rule addresses the specific items raised by the Court, and we expect to be able to quickly implement it. The No-Match Rule, along with E-Verify, will increasingly make the pleas of ignorance from businesses that seek to exploit illegal labor ring hollow, and equip their responsible competitors with the tools they need to hire and maintain a legal workforce.” (Media Newswire, October 23, 2008)

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October 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) for employee verification

Overview

There are two Internet verification options you can use to verify that your employee names and Social Security numbers match Social Security’s records. You can:

  • Verify up to 10 names and SSNs (per screen) online and receive immediate results. This option is ideal to verify new hires.
  • Upload overnight files of up to 250,000 names and SSNs and usually receive results the next government business day. This option is ideal if you want to verify an entire payroll database or if you hire a large number of workers at a time.

While the service is available to all employers and third-party submitters, it can only be used to verify current or former employees and only for wage reporting (Form W-2) purposes.

silver ball Why Should I Verify Names and SSNs Online

  • Correct names and SSNs on W-2 wage reports are the keys to the successful processing of your annual wage report submission.
  • It’s faster and easier to use than submitting your requests paper listings or using Social Security’s telephone verification option.
  • Results in more accurate wage reports.
  • Saves you processing costs and reduces the number of W-2cs.
  • Allows Social Security to properly credit your employees’ earnings record, which will be important information in determining their Social Security benefits in the future.

silver ball Steps to Register for SSNVS

  1. Register to Use SSNVS – Registration is required through www.ssa.gov/bso/bsowelcome.htm. Third-party preparers need only register once in their own firm’s name. Complete the registration form and select your own password. Social Security will verify your identity against our records and display a User ID. Make note of your the User ID, password and expiration date. www.ssa.gov/employer/ssnvs_handbk.htm
  2. Request Access and Activation Code – Return to www.ssa.gov/bso/bsowelcome.htm
    and login in with your User ID and password. Select “Request Access and Activation Code.”
  3. Activation Code is Mailed to Your Employer – Your employer should give you the activation code which allows you access to SSNVS.
  4. Login to Use the Service – Go to www.ssa.gov/bso/bsowelcome.htm, select Login, input your User ID, password and activation code and you will be able to use the service.

NOTE: For more detailed instructions on registering and/or using SSNVS, get a copy of the www.ssa.gov/employer/ssnvs_handbk.htm.

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October 15, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment