The Latest Immigration Crackdown May Be Fake Social Security Numbers

The Social Security Administration is revisiting the controversial practice of sending “no match” letters to businesses across the country. The practice of notifying employers when an employee’s Social Security number doesn’t match up with official records is expected to raise some alarms. The Obama administration stopped sending the letters in 2012, when labor unions and immigrant advocates took the issue to court and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce complained that the government was trying to turn the businesses into “immigration cops.” Although the Social Security Administration insists that it is simply trying to improve the accuracy of its records, some, like the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, believe the measure is part of the Trump administration’s “overall strategy of instilling fear and chaos among immigrant workers.”

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