Homeland Security Sues Illinois Over Worker Plan

Claims state law is protecting illegals
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2007 8:03 PM CDT
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, left, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Sept. 10, 2007 before the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on post-9/11 terrorist threat...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Homeland Security is suing Illinois for effectively protecting illegals from a new federal crackdown, the Chicago Tribune reports. A DHS plan has companies submit data on workers, but Illinois' governor says the Feds are too slow and no good: "The Internet-based program has a less than 50 percent accuracy rate and takes 10 days to get results," a spokesperson said.

At issue is an Illinois law that demands a quick turnaround by the Feds on 99% of cases submitted. Chertoff, who says bosses have sent in 2.9 million worker queries nationwide, attacks state politicos as hypocrites: "They're now coming back and saying, 'We want you to enforce the law, but we don't want you to do anything that would actually lead to enforcement.' "