SOCIAL SECURITY NO-MATCH

DRAFT COMMENT TO DHS


Marissa Hernandez
U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement
425 I Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20536

RE: DHS Docket Number ICEB-2006-0004

I am a business owner – a [JOB TITLE] in a [KIND OF BUSINESS] in [CITY, STATE]. And I am writing to comment on the Department of Homeland Security’s new supplemental Social Security No-Match Rule.

This renewed push to require employers to use Social Security numbers to verify that our workers are in the country legally is not a bad idea – in theory. But it is being implemented at the wrong time, in the wrong way and without regard for the harm it could do to U.S. workers and the U.S. economy.

As an employer, I understand and accept that we as a nation will never get control of the border unless we also get control in the workplace. I understand and accept that employers like me have a role to play in this process. And I look forward to the day when the government provides me with the tools I need to determine whether the workers I hire are authorized or not.

But the Social Security No-Match system is an unworkable and ineffective tool: an inaccurate database combined with a cumbersome vetting process, overseen by an unpracticed bureaucracy.
  • The new rule will hurt American workers, perhaps as many as 12 million American workers, whose records don’t match because they changed their names when they got married or failed over the years to correct the SSA’s inaccurate spelling of their names – and who will now risk being terminated as a result.
  • The new rule will have unintended consequences for the Social Security system, which will be overwhelmed by the volume of cases generated when the rule goes into effect and may take years to recover from the strain.
  • The new rule creates just the wrong kind of incentives for business owners. It's a simple fact: the regulation targets employers like me trying to play by the rules, but does not touch my competitors who operate outside the law. If anything, it’s Congress that’s at fault for failing over the years to permit the legal flow of workers we need to grow our businesses. But now the rule will burden employers trying to do the right thing.
As an employer and a citizen, I want to obey the law – I want to be able to staff my business with legal workers. But I need Washington’s help.
  • I need Congress to take the time to study the unintended consequences of the Social Security No-Match system before DHS rushes it into effect.
  • I need Congress to move to authorize the money that’s needed to improve the Social Security and DHS databases so we can build an employment verification system that works.
  • I need that system to be phased in carefully and gradually – so that we’re sure it works before it is made mandatory and has the power to put me out of business on erroneous charges.
It’s not just my business that’s at stake – it’s the economy of my region and my state. American employers and employees deserve better.

Sincerely,

 

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