Immigration Agents Pose as OSHA Officials

| Mon Feb. 13, 2006 5:33 PM EST

Steven Greenhouse reported on a ploy by immigration officials to catch undocumented immigrants; the officials would pose as officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and then and deport catch any unsuspecting illegal immigrants who came their way.

Right, very clever. Really, though, all this does is ensure that undocumented workers will be even less likely to seek out actual work-safety officials in the event that they, say, get injured on the job—and Hispanic workers already have disproportionately high injury rates at work. And with fewer immigrants willing to speak out, employers will have even less incentive to maintain safety standards at work. Business wins, while immigrants will continue to resemble indentured servants more and more. Very clever, indeed.

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