Court’s “No Match” Decision is a Victory for all Workers

San Francisco, CAToday, a federal judge issued an injunction that blocks the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from using backlogged and error-prone social security records to enforce immigration law.  In reaction to the court’s decision, SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina issued the following statement:

Today, the court’s unequivocal decision to stop the “no match” madness is a victory for all workers and all well-meaning employers.  The federal court has seen the Administration’s social security “no match” regulations for what they are—an illegal, ill-conceived measure that would threaten thousands of innocent workers and lead to discrimination and massive workforce disruptions. 

Today’s decision sends a clear message that punitive crackdowns that attempt to sidestep the law will not be tolerated.  Efforts to fix a badly broken immigration system must embody our good sense and our humanity.  We will not let an intolerant minority undermine the wellbeing of the majority. 

It’s time to stop this growing current of unwise, enforcement-only immigration measures that are making life increasingly miserable for many of our nation’s hardest, most underpaid workers.  It’s time to stop the indiscriminate round ups and get back to finding solutions that strengthen—rather than divide—our nation.


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