Under the Obama administration the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sought a vendor to produce as many as 34 million blank work permits and ‘green cards’ – the paperwork that authorizes immigrants to live and work in the United States. As you can imagine total and idiotic chaos followed.
According to an audit conducted as a follow-up to a March 2016 report the USCIS sent hundreds of Green Cards to the wrong addresses. The USCIS produced over 19,000 cards with incorrect information or duplications. Other “errors” included the over 2,400 immigrants, who were approved for 2-year conditional residence status, being accidentally issued cards with 10-year expiration dates.
That brings us to the present day. President Trump is now in office and his administration is working hard to clean up Obama’s total incompetency and utter disaster especially when it comes to jobs. Trump is working hard to put new policies in place to reduce regulations and create better conditions for businesses like Ford, Johnson and Johnson, and most recently, Charter – to create more jobs and put Americans back to work. Trump also wants America to focus FIRST on American jobs for legal Americans.
So how is it that a Miami-based pizza franchise is getting FINED for asking for a green card when it comes to foreign workers?
H/T Miami Herald:
The Justice Department has agreed to a settlement with a Miami-based pizza restaurant franchise as a way of resolving an investigation over allegations that the company violated immigration law by demanding that foreign-born legal resident workers produce green cards as proof of employment eligibility but failed to demand a similar document from U.S. citizen workers.
A Justice Department statement issued last week did not say specifically what kind of documents would have been proper to demand from citizens, but the issue was not so much the document but that the non-citizens were singled out for allegedly discriminatory treatment when supervisors demanded to see a green card but did not demand a specific document from citizens.
“The Justice Department is committed to ensuring the rights of lawful U.S. workers to be free from discriminatory barriers based on their citizenship, immigration status, or national origin,” acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the civil rights division said in a statement. “Pizzerias’ responsiveness throughout the course of the investigation assisted in a speedy resolution of this matter.”
The settlement in the Pizzerias LLC case is only the latest in a series of similar cases that the Justice Department brought against certain businesses around the country over the past few years.
Under the law, all workers — including non-U.S. citizens — must be allowed to choose whichever valid documentation they want to present from lists of acceptable documents to prove their work authorization. It is unlawful for an employer to limit an employee’s choice of documentation because of their citizenship, immigration status or national origin.In the settlement agreement the Justice Department announced last week with Pizzerias LLC, a pizza restaurant franchise with 31 locations in Miami, the department revealed that it had been investigating the business because of allegations it was discriminating against work-authorized immigrants when checking their work authorization documents.
The department’s investigation concluded that Pizzerias routinely requested that lawful permanent residents produce a specific document — a permanent resident or green card — to prove their work authorization, while not requesting a specific document from U.S. citizens.
Lawful permanent residents often have the same work authorization documents available to them as U.S. citizens, and may choose acceptable documents other than a green card to prove they are authorized to work.
Under the settlement, Pizzerias must pay a civil penalty of $140,000 to the United States, post notices informing workers about their rights under the law’s anti-discrimination provision, train their human resources personnel, and be subject to departmental monitoring and reporting requirements.
Before becoming Attorney General, Jeff Sessions was a strong anti-immigration voice in the Senate. In 2015, he co-authored a paper on immigration in which he argued that the big problem here is that unemployment among native-born Americans is higher than it is among foreign-born people living in the United States. He claims immigration – legal and illegal – is bad for the economy, for native-born Americans.
After his swearing in, AG Sessions said,
“We need a lawful system of immigration – one that serves the interests of the people of the United States. That’s not wrong. That’s not immoral. That’s not indecent. We admit a million people a year – plus – lawfully. We need to end this lawlessness that threatens the public safety, pulls down wages of working Americans.”
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