Social Security No-Match could cost $1 billion

Houston Chronicle - April 25th, 2008

Paper: Houston Chronicle
Date: Fri 04/25/2008
Section: A
Page: 4
Edition: 3 STAR R.O.

WASHINGTON NOTEBOOK

From wire reports

Crackdown on illegal workers questioned The government's plan to crack down on illegal workers could cost employers more than $1 billion a year and legal workers billions in lost wages, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study says.

Those costs are enough to trigger a federal law that would require the Homeland Security Department to analyze more thoroughly the effect of its proposal, said Richard Belzer, a consultant hired by the chamber to do the study.

The department's proposed "no match" rule would require employers to fire workers who can't resolve mismatches between their name and Social Security number. The chamber opposes the proposal.