Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Laurel Fletcher: It’s ‘unfair’ that these ‘Katrina’ illegal aliens aren’t being paid as much as citizens and legal residents are paid.

Ms. Fletcher, a clinical professor of law at UC Berkeley, also states that these ‘workers’, whose very presence is an ongoing criminal act, should seek redress in American courts.

That makes perfect sense to me, we are, after all, a nation of laws. But I must have missed the day in civics class where you learn that adhering to the laws of this country is akin to ordering from the menu at a Chinese restaurant, picking the item(s) from each column that you like.

Should a ‘worker’ decide to press his case, I wonder what document(s) he’ll use to establish his identity for the court filing.
Illegal Workers Face Hardship in Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- They are the backbone of post-Hurricane Katrina reconstruction: Workers who converge at dawn and wait to be picked up for 14-hour shifts of hauling debris, ripping out drywall and nailing walls.

But because many are in the country illegally, immigrant workers rebuilding New Orleans are especially vulnerable to exploitation, according to a study released Tuesday by professors at Tulane University and the University of California at Berkeley.

The illegal immigrants often work in hazardous conditions without protective gear and earn far less than their legal counterparts, the study said. Nearly one-third of the illegal immigrants interviewed by researchers reported working with harmful substances and in dangerous conditions, while 19 percent said they were not given any protective equipment.

Illegal immigrants also were paid significantly less - if at all - earning on average $10 per hour, compared with $16.50 for documented workers, the study said.

"What is fundamentally unfair is these are workers who have responded to a national priority to rebuild this city and yet whose rights are being violated," said Laurel Fletcher, director of Berkeley's International Human Rights Law Clinic and one of the study's co-authors.

Under federal labor law, illegal immigrants are afforded the same health and safety protections as documented workers. Regardless of their legal status, laborers can sue most employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act for violation of the minimum wage law and overtime regulations, the researchers said…


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see now, i'm a criminal who broke American law when i slipped across the border, i comitted a second offense when i went to work (maybe dozens of offenses, depending on what type of ID they use) but i'm gonna sue you for not treating me the same as a citizen. Give me a break, rope/tree, some assembly required is all they deserve.

6/07/2006 8:49 PM  
Blogger ttlv said...

Violence is hardly the answer. Their peaceful and permanent return to the fatherland would be perfecto.

6/07/2006 9:20 PM  

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