Judge delays ruling on illegal worker plan

SAN FRANCISCO A federal judge on Monday extended for a maximum of 10 days a temporary restraining order blocking the Bush administration from implementing a plan under which the Department of Homeland Security would fine employers as much as $10,000 for failing to fire workers who did not reconcile discrepancies in their Social Security account identities within 90 days of a so-called no-match warning letter.

Some 140,000 such letters are waiting to be sent, gov

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