The Most Vulnerable Indigenous Farm Workers In The United States

Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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Tag: immigrant laborers, national day laborer, undocumented workers

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network said the stories of accidents and unpaid wages is daily bread.

Network working with them filed the complaints and recalled that immigrant laborers have rights in America.

The undocumented workers seeking work in the corners or in parking-store building materials or hardware stores, and are known as day laborers, are the most vulnerable among U.S. immigrants. And indigenous laborers, who barely speak Spanish, let alone English, are doubly vulnerable and exposed to all kinds of abuse.

Most of their stories are lost. When you are injured at work is left to luck or the charity of others and in many cases are arrested and deported to their countries of origin hurt or injured for life.

A report in The New York Journal reported laborers who have suffered trauma in the northeast. Cites, for example, the case of the Guatemalan Luis Hernandez, 23, who worked in landscaping until November a machine caused a wound in the abdomen and was temporarily incapacitated.

The contractor laborer disappeared and Hernandez accumulated a debt of $ 57,000 in the hospital where I was admitted. Nor were paid for their inability and lost employment.

Another case reported by The Journal laborer corresponds to Abel Martinez, 29, who tripped and fell while working on a construction site in Leonia, New Jersey. He tore his arm and was undergoing surgery and cannot work, the newspaper said.

Both laborers live support afforded by their countrymen. They have no work; the wounds have not healed and do not know what the future holds in the United States.

The Journal said the allegations of abuses suffered by laborers grew in the last time and said that according to data provided by the American Friends immigrant rights group based in Newark, the problem of labor exploitation and accidents will continue until is achieved educate workers about their rights.

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network said the stories of accidents and unpaid wages is daily bread.

Despite the difficulties, the laborers struggling and fighting for their rights, and also participate in the national movement to press the White House for President Barack Obama to stop deportations.

In early February, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), with the support of the largest trade union in the United States, the AFL-CIO, and Washington appeared in a series of legal arguments for the president to suspend deportations of undocumented immigrants.

The petition was accompanied by a 30-page document where the network explained that the president can itself order a temporary halt to deportations.

Network executives noted that Obama has the legal authority to send to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ordered to suspend deportations.

During FY 2013 the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported undocumented 368.644 and 40% of them had no criminal record.

During Obama’s first administration (2009-2012) DHS deported an average of 400,000, beating four successive records.

The network posted an informative list of rights that have laborers and tips to avoid harassment of both anti-immigrant groups, as employers and the police.

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