Terrible work conditions are not only found in companies that hire undocumented migrants. There are many terrible labor practices and companies that condone them in the United States, and around the world. One fundamental goal of those of us who advocate for human rights is the fair treatment of all people.
This story shows us exactly why focusing on the migrants, who are truly the victims here, does nothing to address the real issue nor does it put punishment where it should reside. This company had all types of allegations against it regarding the way workers were treated. They were able to do this and will continue to because this government won’t do the right thing and bring the migrants out of the shadows. We know that business owners will continue to get away with anything they can. So I believe we must give these migrants an opportunity to remain in this country legally.
Immigration raid spurs calls for action vs. owners
By DAVID PITT
The Associated Press
Sunday, June 1, 2008; 1:48 PM
DES MOINES, Iowa — After the biggest immigration raid in U.S. history, hundreds of workers have been sentenced but not one company official as yet faces any charges _ something critics say is typical of a federal government that is tough on employees but easy on owners.
Frosty Wooldridge (with the help of his father) wrote an article stating we should legalize drugs so that officers could focus on terrorism. In his argument we should decriminalize those people that are currently breaking the law. Well, by that same argument wouldn’t giving legal status to all of these migrants free these ICE officers up to go after real criminals – like these business owners? I believe people who are working productive citizens are far more deserving a pass than those using drugs. These migrants have hurt no one while drug users hurt everyone whose lives are damaged by drug trafficking. In addition there is nothing positive to gain from drug use while working to boost this country’s GDP helps us all.
Until then as these migrants exist in the shadows we’ll have more and more reports like this one where “the law” is practiced over human rights. Well also have the following instances of abuse with little to no recourse for the victims.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration logs show records of incidents that led to five amputations, dozens of reports of broken bones, eye injuries and hearing loss at the plant between 2001 and 2006.
At least some politicians are not too happy with the way this raid was carried out:
Although it primarily has been Democrats who have questioned why few company officials are charged in immigration raids, the Republican congressman who represents Postville also expressed disappointment about how that operation was handled.
James Carstensen, a spokesman for Rep. Tom Latham, said he views the raid as a blow to families seeking a better life and for the community, which is suffering economically.
Well I’ll hope that we see change soon, but until them make sure to let the government know you’re not happy with these raids. If you are happy with these raids then try to find a little compassion for your fellow man.