Tuesday, April 25

Social Security Administration's Earnings Suspense File (ESF) could be used to enforce the immigration law

Terence Jeffrey has a great column on a great solution to employer immigration law enforcement. This is only part of the solution--employers still have a huge need for labor.

I don't buy the whole "jobs Americans won't do" line, but I do believe there is a bigger labor need than our population can provide. So, enforcement needs to be matched with a secure immigration process that welcomes hard working immigrants ready to make America their home, or wanting to come to work on a temporary basis, and then return home.

Read the whole column--interesting.
I asked the inspector general's office last June for the name of the security guard company and, in October, for the name of the state government agency. Each time, I was given the same answer: Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code prevents the SSA not only from giving the public the names of these employers, but it also prevents SSA from giving their names to the Department of Homeland Security (outside the context of an ongoing criminal investigation).

In his press conference about the IFCO case, Chertoff said he was asking Congress for "carefully crafted access to Social Security no-match data, so that we can detect those employers who are systematically employing workers despite the fact that there's an obvious mismatch between the names and the Social Security numbers in question."

Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican, has inserted language into the Senate immigration reform bill that would require SSA to hand over to Homeland Security its annual list of all employers who file 100 or more bad W-2s.

No matter what else the Senate does this year on immigration, this provision should be made law.
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