Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Contractor Groups File Suit, Seek to Block New Immigration Checks

The Federal Times reported on December 30, 2008:

"Five trade groups are suing the Homeland Security Department to block a new requirement that federal contractors check the immigration status of their employees using the department’s E-Verify system.

"In documents filed in the U.S. District Court for Maryland on Dec. 23, the groups ask the court to halt the Jan. 15 implementation of the rule and to declare the rule invalid.

"The groups say the requirement, in a June executive order, is contrary to the statute authorizing E-Verify. That law states that Homeland Security “may not require any person or other entity to participate” in the program, according to court documents.

"The case was filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Associated Builders and Contractors, the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Council on International Personnel and the HR Policy Association."

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NOTE: The lawsuit cited in this article is styled as Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America et al v. Chertoff et al, Case No. 08-cv-03444-AW (U.S. District Court, District of Maryland). A copy of the Complaint is below:

This case is also discussed here in a recent post at the Federal Construction Contracting Blog, which includes additional background information.

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