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Vitter Offers Amendment to Protect Program that Fights Illegal Immigration

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Vitter Offers Amendment to Protect Program that Fights Illegal Immigration

U.S. Sen. David Vitter today introduced an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that would prohibit funds in the bill from being used to rescind the federal Social Security "no match" notices program. The Obama administration today stated their intent to rescind the program, which notifies employers of any Social Security numbers that do not match up with employees, providing another important tool to prevent illegal immigrants from working in the United States

"The ‘no-match' rule provides business owners with an effective means of identifying illegal workers, thus protecting themselves and their businesses," said Vitter. "The implementation of this rule has been in legal limbo for some time as the Obama administration has requested the delay of a ruling on litigation brought by organized labor and other groups. Today they signaled their intent to get rid of the program entirely, and that is completely counterproductive to trying to rein in illegal immigration. This amendment would block any funds from being used to rescind this important program."

The "no-match" rule has been blocked by litigation filed by organized labor and other groups who oppose enforcement of federal immigration laws.

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