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Immigrant "No-Match" Letters are Delayed

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Washington, - The U.S. Government's plan to crack down on undocumented immigrant workers by targeting their employers has been halted.

The Associated Press is reporting a U.S. District judge is delaying a ruling on the case for 10 more days to give him time to make a decision.  A decision that could possibly force employers and farmers to fire any and all illegal immigrants working for them.

The legal hearing that took place yesterday involves the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security versus several large labor unions and businesses.

The government has 140,000 so called "no-match" letters ready send to employers as soon as the judge grants his permission.

The bush administration says this is a national security issue, but opponents say the rule could lead to increased discrimination based on race by employers who might over-react and fire anyone they suspect might be an undocumented worker.