More Big Print Media Propaganda For Open Borders Special Interests
The sing song ping pong our
MainStream Media print powers are playing with
the immigration issue continues almost daily.
I just caught the New York Times
in a sellout to its big business advertisers [Businesses
Bleat For Lax Immigration Enforcement—With Full
NY Times Support],
when lo and behold, to my not so wondering eyes should
appear but a little old item by Pamela Constable, that I
knew in a moment it must be
another WaPo trick, for its little old palaver, so
lively and quick, bespeaks of how poor illegals are
given the stick.
OK, OK, I couldn`t resist that bit
of parody. But really, this succumbing to the
importuning by big business to offer consistent
Santa Claus booster gift support of illegal aliens
on its news pages really does not befit the standing of
Constable`s front page Washington
Advocates Speak Up for Illegal Day Laborers Cheated
of Wages, (July 8, 2008) strains hard for a
chord of legality in its opening paragraphs,
"It was a relatively small amount, $720, that José was
owed for 72 hours of
construction work in the District. Most [illegal]
immigrant day laborers, fleeced by a casual employer and
unaware they had any
legal recourse, would have swallowed their anger and
let the matter drop.
"José, 45, who has family to feed in
El Salvador, was determined to fight back. He had
kept a record of the painting, drywalling and other jobs
he had done for a small contractor. He went to a
church, which found him a team of lawyers, who took
his case to court.
"Although few [illegal] immigrant day laborers
realize it, they have the same right as any worker to
sue employers for unpaid back wages, even if they are
here illegally. In recent months, advocacy groups in the
Washington region have been helping such workers file
administrative claims and lawsuits, and in some cases
they have won."
I am in favor of full compensation for
work performed, doubtless
hard, low wage work. But here`s a crime committed by
illegal employers on illegal workers being spun to show
how the immigration bar is helping right a wrong. Jose
got his money, after the judge raised an obvious
question about whether such a worker was
protected by local labor laws, whether he paid taxes
and whether he should be entitled to back wages, when
his immigration lawyer, Attorney Laura Varela, (a
mail] " brought copies of federal statutes
and case law showing that all workers in the United
States are entitled to recover unpaid wages, regardless
of immigration status."
Hey, I am glad that a
crooked employer got nailed. (I`m a Democrat!)
immigration bar are not knights in shining armor
defending the little abused workers.
Look at these emotional paragraphs
making the article`s main argument—that illegal is ok
and you better get used to it!
"In the Washington region, hundreds of
Hispanic immigrants survive at the
economic margins of society, flagging down work vans
and hoping to earn a few dollars with no questions
asked. Such workers are often easy to fleece, with
checks that bounce or threats to call immigration
“Although some of the workers are in the United States
legally, they might not understand their rights or might
fear being deported if they complain. By raising labor
complaints, illegal workers could be vulnerable to a
check of their immigration status."
The rest of Constable`s article
basically gives the noble
immigration bar free rein to lament the frequent
stiffing of illegal workers by evil employers:
"`Day laborers are the most vulnerable because of the
informal environment of their work,` said Varela, who
works for the
Washington Lawyers` Committee for Civil Rights and Urban
Affairs in the District.
[VDARE.COM note: see previous coverage
have no contract or records. They may not know where
they worked or who they worked for. They may be too
scared to step into a courtroom or too worried about
missing more work.`"
“The legal situation of such immigrant laborers is often
confusing and contradictory. Under federal law, it is
illegal to hire a worker who does not have permission to
be in the United States. In the past year, workplace
raids by federal immigration agents across the
Washington region have led to the arrests of several
hundred illegal immigrants and to legal action against
“Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, all workers
are entitled to be paid minimum wage and overtime for
work performed. The law does not discuss the issue of
immigration status. Many jurisdictions, including the
District and Maryland, have laws or court rulings that
clearly extend wage and hour rights to immigrants,
regardless of legal status. These laws are rarely
enforced, however, and few cases reach court."
The, of course, the American justice
system gets further perverted when large companies
contract with small ones for work which the smaller
contractor does and then skips paying.
"For laborers who join crews on larger jobs, it is
somewhat easier to legally pursue unpaid wages. In one
case, three area nonprofit groups helped some Hispanic
workers file a class-action suit against Verizon
Communications, claiming that the workers had not
received all their pay after digging ditches for
fiber-optic cable in the Washington area. Verizon has
claimed the responsibility lies with the subcontractors
who hired the workers."
shining knights of the immigration bar get to give a
further example of their prowess.
"Varela`s law group also helped seven Hispanic workers
sue for back wages from a
painting company in Frederick. A federal judge ruled
in the workers` favor in January, finding that
immigration status was `irrelevant` to the case. The
judge added that when employers `circumvent the labor
laws as to undocumented aliens,` it creates an
`unacceptable economic incentive` to hire them at lower
wages than U.S. residents or citizens."
The Federal judge says their
immigration status is "irrelevant"? In one sense,
that is true–the workers deserve to be paid. But in the
larger sense, the ruling cuts deeply and permanently
into our precious concept of
The Rule of Law, which this entire column
circumvents in its reporting:
"Although such rulings bolster the laborers` cause,
advocates said it is difficult to collect the workers`
money. Often, Varela said, contractors do not appear in
court. A judge might order that the wages be paid, but
then nothing happens."
And then Constable`s final sob story
to end this sad saga.
"`We worked long and hard digging the ditches,` said
Francisco Luna, 43, a Mexican worker in the Verizon
case. `They owed me almost $1,000, but the checks had
insufficient funds. People are needy, and the employers
have all the power. We only ask them to have a heart,
and to respect the work we do.`"
Pitiful, isn`t it? Greed, power,
illegality, and the rotten core of human behavior being
ignored by our elites in every sector, but to see it
time after time in the revered
Fourth Estate, given special protection by our
Constitution and our Bill of Rights to facilitate
real truth telling frankly disgusts me—and most
Americans, too, I`d be willing to bet.
I wonder if this kind of
propaganda—don`t forget, this was front page in a top
newspaper—will become a national phenomenon, selling out
to the Open Border special interests, business
advertisers, the immigration bar and the ethno/ideo
If the print media`s circulation and
advertising revenues keep
plummeting, it will take real backbone—not presently
displayed by the
New York Times and
Washington Post—to make reporting on immigration
balanced and fair!
Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.