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Judge Denies Government Request for Accelerated Hearing on No-Match Rule

Monday, December 8, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer has rejected a request from the Bush Administration to expedite a hearing to consider the proposed No-Match Rule.  The abbreviated schedule could have made it possible for the rule to take effect before President Bush leaves office. Instead, President-Elect Barack Obama and his Administration will have to consider the issue.

Obama has not taken a position on the rule that would require employers to follow new procedures when receiving “No-Match” letters from the Social Security Administration.

AMI submitted comments on April 25, 2008, to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s release of its Supplemental Proposed Rule that attempts to clarify the Final Rule issued on August 15, 2007, regarding Safe-Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter.

AMI will continue to follow the rulemaking and provide details of the next Administration’s position on the No-Match Rule and other immigration-related topics.

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