U.S. farmers treat Mexican migrant workers like slaves

This is an example of why America’s immigration system is not working.

The U.S. Department of Labor is accusing an Arizona farm of housing about 70 Mexican farmworkers in dangerous and unsanitary conditions and paying them illegally low wages, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court last week.

The owner of G Farms in El Mirage, Ariz., housed workers in school buses and trailers without any windows, in violation of federal safety regulations, officials said.

The workers were brought in under the federally supervised H-2A visa program, which allows U.S. growers to import seasonal laborers from abroad. Employers who use the program are required to pay a minimum wage set by the government and provide the guest workers free transportation and housing, which must include 50 square feet of sleeping space per person.

After investigators confronted the farmer, he moved the workers into two hotels. But one of his employees called the Labor Department last week and reported that they were being charged to stay in the rooms, and for their food and transportation.

The department has asked for a temporary restraining order to force the farmer to pay workers what they are owed and “to ensure that these workers are kept safe from life threatening conditions.”

The truth is, American farmers don’t want a working immigration system, they want slave labor.

Source: LA Times


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