The Trump administration dropped a huge hint to businesses that hire illegal aliens.
The New York Times reported that the U.S. Social Security Administration since March has notified over 570,000 employers of workers whose Social Security numbers don’t match agency records. Although some discrepancies could be typos, illegal aliens using fake Social Security numbers likely make up the overwhelming majority.
Worth noting is the article’s headline: “Employers Could Lose Thousands of Workers as the Government Examines Work Documents.” Employers could lose, rather than “Foreigners unauthorized to work in the U.S. potentially committed identity fraud,” or similar language. In any case, the Times can’t spin the facts: illegal aliens, already breaking the law by being here, are breaking more laws.
Some of the employers intentionally hired illegal aliens. Others might have suspected but hired them, anyway, and still the no-match notifications sent “shock waves through the hospitality, construction and agriculture industries, which rely heavily on undocumented workers.”
How many of these employers used E-Verify during the application process?
Undocumented workers who are notified of the letters by their employers often choose to quickly resign, fearing scrutiny from federal immigration authorities. But employers who do nothing could also face enforcement actions.
“There is a high level of anxiety over these no-match letters,’’ said Angelo Amador, regulatory counsel at the National Restaurant Association, which represents about one million food-service establishments. He said the association has been barraged with emails and phone calls from concerned companies
The anxiety is warranted, considering that U.S. businesses aren’t supposed to hire illegal aliens, and foreigners aren’t supposed to be in the U.S. without authorization.
What is the hint? The government apparently hasn’t threatened employers with legal action, but they do have to resolve the discrepancies. The letters have created the necessary “anxiety” for illegal aliens and the businesses that hire them to stop breaking the law. Brute force isn’t always necessary to get things done.