Skip to comments.Labor Secretary: U.S. to ‘protect’ illegal workers
Posted on 08/31/2011 1:03:25 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Labor Secretary: U.S. to protect illegal workers 1 hr 42 mins ago
At a Wednesday breakfast event, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis defended her agreements with Mexico and other countries to apply U.S. labor protections to illegal immigrants.
I protect all workers here in this country, she told The Daily Caller at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. I have a vested interest in protecting all workers that work here in the U.S. Period.
Critics of illegal immigration say Solis deals and statements show that she doesnt value American workers more than foreign workers, and that shes undercutting U.S. workers marketplace clout.
These comments are extraordinarily irresponsible and historically unprecedented, said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. This is a classic example of why this administration is so out of touch with Americans, he said.
The U.S. should protect all workers in the United States from unscrupulous employees, said Mark Kirkorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. But Solis should ensure that foreign workers compensation is delivered in their home countries, he said. Im all for [enforcement], because it makes it more expensive to hire them. I just want them to get the check back in Mexico, he said.
The nations unemployment rate is at least 9.1 percent, at least 14 million Americans are unemployed, and the percentage of working Americans has fallen to 64 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Labor chief decries conservative proposal to cripple NLRB)
Between 11 million and 12 million illegal immigrants live in the United States, according to Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security. That total includes roughly seven million working-age migrants.
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I have a vested interest in protecting all workers that work here in the U.S. Period.
I just bet you do...
You need to be tried with Obama and sent to Leavenworth for your treasonous behavior.
Krikorian is spot on here - one of the big competitive advantages to illegal labor is that employers can ignore safety and wage regulations. Enforcing labor laws on behalf of illegal labor reduces their competitive advantage and will result in fewer illegal workers.
the natural order of things: blacks will always vote for Obama and hispanic “Americans” will always defend their fellow illegals. Yeah, flip me the race card, bitch.
So she is defending mexican workers who have taken jobs that would have been available to Americans.
Is she exempt from the laws of this land? If an employer is hiring illegals, fine that employer or put them out of business. Selective enforcement of our law is rampant.
I hope and pray some political campaign genius at the RNC can make hay with this on the campaign trail!!
This is a good thing. It raises the cost of employing illegal aliens.