Federal program helps illegals obtain “fair wages.” Huh? WTF?
Let’s see – you’re in the country illegally and you have a construction job that pays you under the table. Low wages and no benefits. You and your employer are breaking multiple federal statutes and taking jobs from unemployed American citizens. How does the regime handle situations like this? By going after your employer, not for hiring you – for underpaying you. Huh? WTF?
The Labor Department has launched the “We Can Help” program designed to help illegal aliens who are “vulnerable” and “underpaid.” Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, has filed a lawsuit to compel the Labor Department to provide more info on this lunacy. (story here)
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the Obama Department of Labor to obtain records regarding a federal program designed to help “vulnerable and underpaid” illegal alien workers obtain fair wages “regardless of immigration status.” The campaign, launched by the Labor Department under the auspices of the Wage and Hour Division in April 2010, encourages illegal aliens to contact the government for assistance in earning fair wages from employers.
According to a Department of Labor press release announcing the We Can Help campaign, “The campaign…underscores that wage and hour laws apply to all workers in the United States, regardless of immigration status.” The release also indicates that 250 new field investigators had been added to the government payroll to target employers who deny workers their “rightful wage.”
“Rightful wage?” What the hell is that? Who decides what is “rightful?” How about targeting employers who hire illegals – after all, there are laws against that.
In a public service announcement promoting the campaign, available in both English and Spanish, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis says, “Remember, every worker in America has a right to be paid fairly whether documented or not.” She then encourages workers to contact the government’s new toll-free hotline for a “confidential” consultation. The government also has an Internet site dedicated to the We Can Help Program as well and has recruited celebrity spokespersons such as actor Jimmy Smits to help promote the campaign.
“This campaign demonstrates just how backward the Obama administration’s approach to illegal immigration is. The Obama White House attacks the State of Arizona for passing a law to enforce federal immigration law, while using taxpayer funds to help illegal aliens work illegally in the United States. No wonder the Obama Labor Department is stonewalling the release of any documents that could shed light on this scandalous waste of taxpayer resources,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
The tired mantra of the amnesty crowd is that we can’t just deport millions of illegal aliens. That may be true but if we would just enforce the existing laws, it would certainly help. If they can’t work, rent an apartment, get free education and medical care, they will self-deport.