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    Obama promotes labor laws to immigrants before they arrive

    Obama promotes labor laws to immigrants before they arrive



    By SEAN HIGGINS (@SEANGHIGGINS)
    9/22/15 12:01 AM


    The Labor Department has now signed agreements with 11 mostly Latin American countries to teach immigrants from those countries about U.S. labor laws and how to invoke them, part of a broader effort by the Obama administration ensure immigrants are well-versed in those laws before they leave home, and after they arrive.

    The educational effort does not distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants, and includes lessons on people's right to join a union.

    The most recent agreements were signed with the Philippines on Sept. 15. The Labor Department also has similar deals with Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
    All call upon the U.S. and the other country "to establish programs of cooperation to educate and inform the (foreign) workers and their employers in the United States as to their respective workplace rights and responsibilities." Specifically, they call on both countries to educate the workers on U.S. "wage and hour laws and regulations" both "prior to and after their arrival in the United States."

    "All workers in the United States, regardless of their immigration status, have the right to a safe and healthful workplace and full payment of wages earned under federal law. The Consular Partnership Program is collaboration between the Department of Labor and foreign embassies and consulates, and was developed to educate workers and their employers about vital information on lawful payment of wages and workplace safety and health," said Labor Department spokesman Jason Surbey.
    Surbey said the collaborations with foreign counsulates began in 2002, indicating it predated the current administration. However, all of the 11 agreements between the foreign consulates and the Labor Department agencies were signed between 2011 and 2015.

    The bilateral cooperation includes translating and disseminating information on the U.S. laws through print and electronic media as well as partnerships with "faith- and community-based organizations." The latter terms are not defined in the agreements, so it is not clear who precisely would qualify. Several labor unions have sponsored "worker centers," non-profit groups that assist non-union workers. Surbey did not respond to a question on whether any labor groups were partners in the outreach programs.

    There was no official announcement of the agreement with the Philippines last week. In a November press release announcing the agreements with Mexico and four other Latin American countries, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said, "All workers have a right to a safe workplace and fair payment of wages. Today's ceremony reaffirms our shared commitment to making sure that workers from these nations are able to exercise their rights."

    The agreements are a tricky issue for business groups. Spokespeople for several trade associations declined to comment on the agreements to the Washington Examiner, not wanting to be seen as critical of workplace laws.

    The federal government has said laws like the National Labor Relations Act and the Occuptational Health and Safety Act apply even when the workers are illegal immigrants. However, immigration law requires employers fire workers who are not legal residents. As a result, it often difficult for federal law enforcement agencies to pursue cases against employers of illegal aliens
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    The agreements attempt to address that situation. All of the agreements state that the foreign country and its consulates will assist workers "following their return" to their native countries in helping to mount "an enforcement action against an employer" in the United States. This would presumably apply to people who are deported.

    Other federal agencies have pursued similar agreements with foreign countries. The National Labor Relations Board has agreements with Mexico, the Philippines and Eucador.

    Historically, labor unions opposed immigration, seeing them an unfair low-wage competition for U.S. workers. That has changed in recent decades though as unions have had success organizing immigrant-heavy industries, such as the service sector. Groups like the AFL-CIO now back comprehensive immigration reform.

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    No surprise here. One only has to look at the BRIDGE agreement that was singed by Hillary Clinton in 2010 for "remittance securitization" a fancy word for loans based on how much money your illegals send home from the US from illegals jobs. It is interesting that the flood from El Salvador and Honduras started in earnest around 2010. The majority of the money earned by these people is illegal either through identity fraud and claiming the maximum number dependents or by working for cash under the table.


    http://www.alipac.us/f9/us-signs-his...zation-258348/
    US signs historic deal with El Salvador and Honduras for remittance securitization


    SUBMITTED BY SANKET MOHAPATRA ON WED, 10/13/2010





    The United States has recently signed separate Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with El Salvador and Honduras to assist them in securitizing their future remittance receipts to raise financing for infrastructure and development projects. Under the Building Remittance Investment for Development, Growth, and Entrepreneurship (BRIDGE) initiative, banks in these countries will leverage their future remittance receipts to raise lower-cost and longer-term financing in international capital markets to fund infrastructure, public works, and commercial development initiatives (see press release).
    In a speech in New York City on September 22, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explained how BRIDGE would work to raise critically needed development funding:
    “…Now, if they [migrants] send these remittances through the formal financial system, they create huge funding flows that are orders of magnitude larger than any development assistance we can dream of. By harnessing the potential of remittances, BRIDGE will make it easier for communities in El Salvador and Honduras to get the financing they need to build roads and bridges, for example, to support entrepreneurs, to make loans, to bring more people into the financial system…..Through BRIDGE and its in-country partners, local banks will be able to leverage their remittance flows….With the leverage from remittances, the local banks will be able to get lower-cost, longer-term financing for investments in infrastructure projects and small businesses.”
    The financing structure proposed under BRIDGE is similar to that used by banks in several remittance-receiving countries such as Brazil, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Peru and Turkey, to raise over $15 billion in international financing during the last decade (see previous work on this topic by my colleagues Dilip Ratha and Suhas Ketkar on securitization of future-flow receivables and new paths to funding).
    The BRIDGE initiative provides an excellent application of innovative financing instruments leveraging on migration and remittances. The World Bank group has recently become involved in this area. The International Finance Corporation has recently provided up to $30 million debt financing for securitizing the significant remittances of El Salvadorans working abroad to raise financing for a credit cooperative Fedecredito. These additional resources will be used to increase lending to micro-entrepreneurs and low-income people in the country. Increasingly the Bank is receiving requests to assist countries to raise funds through diaspora bonds.







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    Unbelievable. Legitimizing illegal draining of our money to prop up loans these countries couldn't otherwise obtain. It's high treason.
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    Thanks Hilliary for being as anti-American as the jerk the fooled people elected twice. There is a puppet master and they answer to that force. Hoping we can actually elect someone that does not respond to sting pulling.

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    Why isn't anyone talking this Hillary accomplishment?

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    We do have something which, instead, we should promote to them: Anti-gang training for police forces. This is really broad based and also encourages them to set up socila programs to help keep youth out of gangs. The US government could also tell them about the thousands of relief efforts and programs churches and missions have set up----but maybe the secularists in the US would object to this?
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