IMMIGRATION WATCH….Here’s the news….

In a new effort to crack down on illegal immigrants, federal authorities are expected to announce tough rules this week that would require employers to fire workers who use false Social Security numbers.

….Experts said the new rules represented a major tightening of the immigration enforcement system, in which employers for decades have paid little attention to notices, known as no-match letters, from the Social Security Administration advising that workers’ names and numbers did not match the agency’s records.

And here, via Michael O’Hare, is the analysis, admittedly a little cryptic unless you click the link and read the whole thing:

The poor souls in DHS, apparently unhinged by anticipating the ’08 elections, or some new horror from an IG or a Hill committee hearing, have completely forgotten (3), and worse, put a serious enforcement program into the hands of civil servants in the Social Security Administration, an army that will be as hard to call back as the sorcerer’s apprentice’s brooms. It’s been so long since the last helpful political briefing that they have also forgotten that the employers in 3a and consumers in 3b are W’s people! They’re Republicans! Guys, we deplore illegal immigrant workers when Rupert needs a story — maybe even abuse a few; we don’t actually deprive ourselves of them!

Like I said, click the link to find out what (3) is. Also (1) and (2).

My only demurral is that I have my doubts that this new initiative is going to be quite as thoroughgoing as Michael suggests. But we shall see.