The New York Times argues editorially that the "no match" that Homeland Security would have the Social Security Administration send to employers would have adverse consequences -- like job loss -- on significant numbers of American-born and legal alien workers. These "no match" letters are to inform employers that their employment record and the SSA's record are in conflict. Employers would have 90 days to rectify the discrepancy, otherwise the employee must be released. The original proposal has been stayed by a federal judge, since SSA's records are replete with error. It is estimated that as many as seventy percent of those "no match" letters will involve legal workers. The Times insists this is no time, with economy facing a serious down-turn, to be dumping millions of workers on the unemployment rolls.
. . . RHODE ISLAND JOINS THE RANKS OF THE UNFRIENDLY TOWARD IMMIGRANTS
The Associated Press reports that Gov. Donald L. Carcieri of Rhode Island has signed an executive order mandating that all state agencies and companies doing business with the state verify the legal status of its employees. He also allows the state police to cooperate with ICE.