The flawed system does not achieve its stated goal of identifying undocumented workers and does nothing to address illegal immigration. Additionally, the policy does not require employer audits, increase the number of audits, or in any way investigates employers. The government's own studies indicate that well over 70% of the workers identified by the no-match system are U.S. citizens. U.S. workers will ultimately bear the burden of this new policy.
Furthermore, the no-match letters are a means for employers to suppress workers' right to organize. "Employers have used the letter to fire workers when workers have tried to organize, report a workplace hazard or when they report an injury," said Maria Somma, President of APALA. "The new rule will also likely lead to discrimination, especially against Asian Pacific American workers." Many employers who may not want to deal with the new burdens imposed by the nomatch rule will simply avoid hiring anyone who looks or sounds "foreign."
Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American union members.