Obama Partners with Mexican Government to Fight Job Discrimination Based on Citizenship or Immigration Status
The Obama Administration has promptly struck back against Trump’s Mexican Gambit:
Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 1, 2016
The Justice Department and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States established a formal partnership today to protect workers from discrimination based on citizenship, immigration status and national origin. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and Mexican Ambassador Carlos Sada signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the embassy and its consulates, and the division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC).
As part of the MOU, OSC and the Mexican government will collaborate to educate workers about their employment rights and provide them with the resources needed to protect those rights. The MOU also seeks to promote training for employers on their obligations under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which prohibits employment discrimination based on citizenship, immigration status and national origin. Specifically, the MOU provides that:
– OSC will train Mexican consular staff on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA, participate in events organized by Mexican consulates to educate workers and employers and distribute educational materials to the embassy and its consulates.
– The embassy will establish a system for referring discrimination claims from the embassy and consulates to OSC.
I don’t see any mention of reciprocity benefiting American citizens in Mexico: the press release is about the Obama Administration empowering the Mexican government to promote the interests of Mexican citizens in America from job discrimination based on not being American citizens.
And of course the press release mentions nothing about the legal status of Mexican citizens working in America.