U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis today (29 Aug 2011) signed “partnership” agreements with ambassadors from a group of Latin American nations aiming to protect what she described as the labor rights of both legal and illegal migrants working in the United States. The agreements are to educate migrant workers, regardless of how they got here, about their rights under U.S. law and to help prevent them from being abused in the workplace. [emphasis mine] Solis said that all migrant workers have a “right to a legal wage,” even though the Labor Department itself states that under U.S. law, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), “employers may hire only persons who may legally work in the United States.” Solis continued, “No matter how you got here or how long you plan to stay, you have certain rights.” “All we’re doing is enforcing the law…”
Mexican consulates in cities across the nation are holding events for “Labor Rights Week.” Julie Su, California’s labor commissioner, said, “Nationwide, Latino workers suffer more minimum wage and overtime violations than any other ethnic group. My job is to make sure that the labor laws of this state are enforced, the right to minimum wage, to overtime for all hours worked and the right to protection against retaliation when workers stand up for their rights.” Ken Atha, regional head of the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), says that many Hispanic workers aren’t aware that the occupational safety and health rights act protects workers regardless of legal status. [emphasis mine]
From Rich Mitchell at CDN we learn, “The Mexican government is opening a satellite consular office on Catalina Island – a small resort off the California coast with a history of drug smuggling and human trafficking – to provide the island’s illegal Mexican immigrants with identification cards.”
Smalgov at CDN says, Since when do other countries have a say in our law making procedures or any other issue related to American citizens? They don’t.” He continues, “Eleven foreign nations are suing the state of Georgia because those countries don’t like our illegal alien laws. Leftist socialist groups like the ACLU and the SEIU are helping them to do it. What will most likely happen is these 11 countries and the two leftist socialist groups will tie this up in court – costing again taxpayers even more money.”
From Daniel at CDN, we learn, “In a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, The Justice Departments Chief of The Executive Office for Immigration Review, (EOIR) Mr. Juan Osuna outlined the problems of the failures of the United States Department of Homeland Security to prevent the recent floods of illegal immigrants bombarding America today.” Are these illegal immigrant going to be extended rights?
So now “our” government is extending rights to illegal aliens. Is this outrageous, or what? And, as we see, unlawful actions (while the U.S. government looks the other way) are becoming more numerous. Who said “elections don’t count?” But that’s just my opinion.