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Fire Illegal Workers, Or Else

Posted Aug 8, 2007 7:38 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Employers will need to start paying attention when they receive a so-called no-match letter informing them that a worker’s Social Security number doesn’t match his name.

Under rules expected to be issued this week, employers will have to clear up any clerical error or fire the worker within a fixed time frame, perhaps 90 days, the New York Times reports. Those who fail to comply could be fined up to $10,000 for hiring an illegal immigrant.

Immigrant groups and labor unions fear the rules will lead to discrimination against Hispanics. They are preparing a legal challenge in an effort to block the regulations from taking effect.

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