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Judge Bars Bush Crackdown on Illegal Workers

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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 10, 2007 04:42 PM

Welcome to our open-borders judiciary:

A federal judge barred the Bush administration today from launching a planned crackdown on U.S. firms that hire illegal immigrants, warning of the plan’s potentially “staggering” impact on law-abiding workers and companies.

Issuing a firm rebuke of the White House, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer of San Francisco granted a preliminary injunction against the government’s plan to pressure employers to fire up to 8.7 million workers with suspect Social Security numbers starting this fall.

President Bush made that plan the centerpiece of a re-energized enforcement effort against illegal immigration after the Senate rejected his proposed legislation to overhaul immigration laws this summer. But the ruling — made at the behest of major American labor, business and farm organizations — highlighted the chasm that the immigration fight has opened between the Republican Party and its traditional business allies.

The ruling also called attention to the gulf between Washington politicians’ rhetoric about the need to curtail illegal immigration and the economic reality of many U.S. employers’ reliance on illegal labor, as well as to the government’s inability to find adequate tools for identifying illegal workers.

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