As a new Congress and presidential administration get under way,
the outlook for efforts to address immigration issues is uncertain.
However, NRCA anticipates a major
victory on an immigration issue of great interest to the roofing
industry—the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS')
so-called "no-match" rule. An important preliminary victory was
achieved in December 2008, and it is anticipated this ultimately
will lead to major modifications or rescinding of the rule.
DHS first proposed the no-match rule, which is purportedly aimed
at cracking down on illegal immigration, in 2006 and in August 2007
issued a final regulation as a key component of the Bush
administration's plan to address immigration issues with regulatory
tools after the collapse of comprehensive immigration reform
legislation in Congress.
If implemented, the rule would require employers to terminate
employees who receive Social Security Administration (SSA) no-match
letters if discrepancies cannot be resolved within 90 days.
Employers who fail to terminate employees caught in this situation
would be liable to prosecution with...
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