The Social Security Administration was supposed to start sending out “no-match” letters today, informing employers of discrepancies between the SSA’s records and the information that employers submitted on their workers (mostly illegal aliens) – and laying out the steps employers had to take to fix the problems. Naturally, a federal judge – in San Francisco, no less – put a temporary stop to it. “Serious questions,” “discrimination,” blah, blah, blah.
Mickey Kaus, though, tries to make lemonade out of the lemon: 1. Waiting til after the harvest is in would delay the supposed labor “crisis” that the administration seems to be counting on to put pressure on Congress for a new amnesty push; 2. This lawsuit, brought by the ACLU, the AFL-CIO, et al., shows that the enforcement portions even of a “comprehensive immigration reform” would be attacked in court – so it’s better to actually get the enforcement in place first, before giving away the farm with amnesty; and 3. Fighting for enforcement in the courts against the ACLU is good positioning for immigration hawks going into the elections next year.