Mexican Migrant Workers in the US Get Legal Support


By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: December 17, 2015
News Source: Latin Times

Mexican migrant workers in the US, often toiling in farm fields and abused, are getting legal support from lawyers “on both sides of the border” a Latin Times article said. These migrant workers suffer from abuse such as withheld wages, exploitation and trafficking.





The article quotes Staci Jonas, a managing attorney of the human trafficking team at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, as saying “For decades attorneys have seen these kinds of abuses against workers,” [...] “what’s changed in recent years is the realization that this is more than just a wage violation or a human rights complaint. It’s something that there’s a name for: modern day slavery.”

More lawyers, NGOs, migrant advocates and other groups on Mexico and in U.S. have come together to work for the legal rights of migrant workers. These advocacy group constantly help farm workers to pursue legal action and to educate workers them about their human rights while working in land of opportunity, the article says citing a report by Christian Science Monitor.

The total number of foreign workers in the United States stands at 26 million as of 2014, according to numbers issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “All foreign nationals who gain lawful permanent resident status in the United States are eligible to work, regardless of what preference category or class they entered through,” according to a congressional research memo obtained by the Free Beacon. - <a href="http://freebeacon.com/national-security/obama-approves-3-million-immigrant-workers/">click here</a>

It’s critical to hold employers accountable for their actions, but educating workers about their rights is also integral to curbing modern day slavery, says Staci Jonas, a managing attorney of the human trafficking team at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. - <a href="http://humantrafficking.csmonitor.com/for-mexicos-migrants-push-for-cross-border-justice">click here</a>

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