No-Match Melee

The ACLU, AFL-CIO, UNITE HERE, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and trade associations representing small business owners rarely find themselves all together on the same side of an issue.

But that's exactly the scenario that developed over the past few months in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. By leveraging its collective might, the business/labor/civil liberties coalition hopes to overturn the powerful Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) latest attempt to pressure employers to fire undocumented workers.

Apfel said most no matches are a result of administrative errors, employees' failure to report name changes after marriage or divorce, transcription errors or discrepancies created because the employee uses multiple or compound names, common in Latin America.

"As a result, a significant number of employees who are the subject of a no-match letter are likely to be U.S. citizens and work-authorized aliens," he wrote.

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