Representatives García, Costa and Grijalva Call on the Biden Administration and Social Security Administration to End Wasteful Practice that Targets Immigrants

March 17, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Jim Costa (CA-16), and Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03) led a letter urging the Biden administration to end the Trump-era Employer Correction Request Notices, also known as the “No-Match Letter” program. Representatives Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Marie Newman (IL-03), Judy Chu (CA-27), Juan Vargas (CA-29) and Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) also co-signed the letter.

The Trump administration revived this program in the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2019, as part of its anti-immigrant agenda. Since then, the program has increased discrimination against immigrant workers, including those with a valid Social Security number and has caused undue hardships for businesses, farmers, health care providers, and employees alike.

In a letter to the U.S. Social Security Administrator Andrew Saul, Members requested the end of the “No-Match Letters” policy, as well as details on the scope of the Trump operation, actions taken to prevent unnecessary employee terminations resulting from these letters, and a commitment to cease issuing further No-Match letters.

“Businesses in my district are struggling to stay open during the pandemic, and the last thing they need is to be targeted using anti-immigrant policies and practices. This politically-motivated tactic needs to end,” said Rep. García. “The resources spent on the ‘No-Match’ letter program should instead be used to strengthen SSA’s already strained workforce to better serve millions of American Social Security beneficiaries.”

“The intent of these letters is to solely intimidate employers who might have undocumented workers on their payroll. I'm hopeful the Biden Administration will act swiftly to reverse this Trump administration policy designed to instill fear and create chaos among the very workers who tend to our fields and work hard to help put food on America’s dinner tables," said Rep. Costa.

“No-match letters disproportionately target immigrant communities and are wasteful, ineffective, and burdensome to small businesses,” said Rep. Grijalva. “With Trump gone, it’s time for this policy to meet the same fate. I urge Commissioner Andrew Saul to stop this rule from going into effect,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva.

“I received a ‘No-Match’ letter because of changing my name after getting married. So I know personally how clerical or technical errors can cause confusion and chaos,” said Arise Chicago Board Member Manuela Sepulveda. "No Match" letters feel like the federal government is looking for a reason to attack immigrants, using simple clerical errors to take away jobs from hard working people.  Sending these letters that often lead to unnecessary, and potentially illegal firings is essentially using taxpayer dollars to carry out anti-immigrant economic attacks, and is a slap in the face to underpaid immigrant workers who kept this country running during a global pandemic.”

A copy of the signed letter can be found here.