Skip to comments.Wage theft prevalent among undocumented immigrants
Posted on 06/13/2013 5:55:10 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch
Fuerza del Valle Workers' Center is raising awareness about wage theft among undocumented immigrants.
Most people do not know you can call police after they try to get their pay from an employer and the police have a duty to follow criminal law and investigate the employer," Hector Guzman Lopez, Fuerza del Valle Workers' Center coordinator, said.
Under Texas Penal Code it is illegal for employers to not pay for labor regardless of the person's legal status.
Basilio Castro, an undocumented immigrant, was working at an Alamo apartment complex painting and doing construction.
They liked the job so they were like finish painting all the buildings, Castros wife, Valentina Casas said.
His employer paid for his gas to get to work, but never paid him wages.
He started saying 'well, I need money' and it took them three months to give him $100, Casas said.
After eight months of working and struggling to make ends meet, Castro contacted Fuerza del Valle Workers' Center through La Union del Pueblo Entero.
The group was able to get him his wages which totaled more than $1,000.
Guzman Lopez said wage theft often goes unreported by undocumented immigrants.
Especially in the Valley, theres a large culture of impunity, a culture of I can work somebody to death and not pay them what I have to pay them, Guzman Lopez said.
Guzman Lopez said undocumented immigrants can report wage theft to local law enforcement agencies without fear of being arrested or deported.
Any report made at the McAllen Police Department will be investigated and once that investigation is completed it will be turned over to the Hidalgo County District Attorneys office, Lt. Joel Morales, with the McAllen Police Department, said.
Organizers want to send a clear message to dishonest employers.
Work with no pay is not OK.
Good enough, pay them and then send them back to their home country.
Also, charge the employer a very LARGE fine for hiring an illegal alien. The fines should increase every time they are caught.
In the interest of the rule of law, punish all the crimes committed here: By the employer for hiring illegals and theft. By the illegal for invading our country. Take the money owed from the employer, and pay for the transportation home for the foreign national. Problem solved.
...I'm sure Odungo's selective IRS swooped in to get their taxes right?
Illegal aliens. Wouldn’t it be theft using services American citizens are taxed to pay for? No sympathy. If they were legal this probably wouldn’t happen. Go home and come the legal way.
Incidentally, when Amnesty is passed this week (or next week, at the latest), those "back taxes" on the cash pay Illegals got is SURELY going to be reported to the IRS by the Illegals, right???
Look at it this way, about 50% of wage earners pay no income taxes now. When they, ha, add in the back wages of illegals making minimum or less wages, the number not paying income taxes will zoom AND THEY WILL QUALIFIY FOR THE EARNED INCOME CREDIT!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope this does not ruin anyone’s day but the facts are the facts. The result is we will not only be supporting these people with welfare in the like, forget the protestations from Rubio et al, not only will they continue to remove citizens from the work force by working for less, we will be underwriting their amnesty with direct payments from the treasury.
Excuse me while I throw up.
Ten minutes after these folks get their Green Cards the unions have plans to organize them all.
My point of view is, he should’ve been here in the first place.
^ shouldn’t have been here
Honor among thieves?
but they do not mind the dishonesty of being in the US illegally... ugh...
The reasons the $14K was seized:
well, one side is being honored...
“I heard a sad story about an illegal alien that was caught going back over the border with $14,000 in cash that he had saved working as a dishwasher long hours in the USA for ten years. His money was confiscated.”
That was apparently resolved in his favor, except the IRS had to get its pound of flesh first. Still, I can’t imagine the hit was all that big. Minimum wage jobs simply do not impose much of a tax liability. Even after penalties are factored in, I figure the guy ended up with at least half of the original amount:
Enforce laws against Americans but not against illegal aliens? What pays to be an American anymore?
Without something in writing it is tough to prove what was agreed to, hours worked, etc. But word will spread if an employer beats workers out of wages, and they’ll stop working for him.
Illegal aliens don't get me worked up. The unethical pols who abet them do. The unfortunate thing is that the GOP is the party of the plutocrats/NAABP (i.e. the National Association of Billionaire People), and the Democrats are merely trying to up their vote margins by importing a new electorate. This is why in the long run, we are doomed. On immigration issues, we have one party rule at the Federal level.
One of the many ways unethical politicians abet the illegal aliens is to treat them no differently under the law than legal alien residents or citizens.
These people are not "undocumented immigrants" - they are ILLEGAL ALIENS. Calling them undocumented immigrants is like calling shoplifting an "undocumented purchase."
Agreed; but encourage and help them to improve conditions in their home countries so they'll come here because the want to, not because they have to. The problem is when they've overthrown their oligarchy, what will take its place? Commies usually take over then; case in point- Cuba.
Yes, they need to clean up their country but we are about to the same point. Corruption is overwhelming our country.
And keeping back promised wages is offensive to God:
James 5:1-5 (ESV)
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
8 months was only $1000? Something is wrong here. That’s only about $31 dollars a week. Either way a W-9 has to be issued, taxes paid. Any bets none were and the advocate never asked?
That is what the guy was afraid of. Little did he know, they only have to enforce laws against citizens. Not all citizens, just the politically incorrect citizens, or those who try to take criminal advantage of criminals.
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