WASHINGTON - The government is revising a plan for penalizing businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
The first rules would have required employers to fire workers if their Social Security numbers didn't match records and if the discrepancies couldn't be resolved within 90 days.
But last month, a federal judge in San Francisco issued a temporary injunction to stop the Bush administration from enforcing the rules. The judge said errors in the Social Security database could cost many legal workers their jobs. And he said the government hadn't properly studied the effect of the rules on businesses.
The government has told the judge it can have new rules on enforcing immigration laws in the workplace ready by spring. He's giving the administration until March 24th.