Municipal Government, National

Trump Policies Make America Safe for Wage Theft

June 8, 2017

By Tara Jessup

June 9, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Photo Credit By AP Susan Walsh

Washington, DC – Immigrants who are victims of wage theft are increasingly afraid to complain about it under the rule of Donald Trump.

“When we get paid—sometimes we get paid and sometimes we don’t—we notice that there are hours missing, and we just fear saying anything, because we’ve been told repeatedly that if we say anything, they are going to call immigration on us,” Enrique, a 49-year-old undocumented farmworker from Mexico, told the American Prospect. “This has always been an issue, but it’s become more and more evident since the election of Trump,” said his lawyer, Marc Cote of Seattle. Between Jan. 22 and Apr. 29, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested more than 10,800 immigrants with no criminal records on suspicion of being in the country illegally, almost three times as many as in the same period last year. In 2011, ICE agreed with the Labor Department not to interfere with labor disputes or wage investigations, and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 applies to all workers in this country regardless of their immigration status—but “under this administration, ICE agents are feeling like they can do whatever they want,” a former Labor Department official said. Read more

June 8, 2017

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