Immigration Voice - Forums
Register Get Involved Contact Lawmakers Advocacy Discussion Image Image Image Image

Go Back   Immigration Voice > Immigration Voice Issues and Congressional updates > IV Agenda and Legislative Updates
Click to log in with Facebook
IV Agenda and Legislative Updates Immigration Voice's Agenda and Legislative Updates

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 04-26-2006, 03:17 PM
Senior Member
Priority Date
I140 Mailed Date
Processing Stage
I485 Mailed Date
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 279
nlssubbu has a reputation beyond repute nlssubbu has a reputation beyond repute nlssubbu has a reputation beyond repute nlssubbu has a reputation beyond repute nlssubbu has a reputation beyond repute nlssubbu has a reputation beyond repute nlssubbu has a reputation beyond repute nlssubbu has a reputation beyond repute nlssubbu has a reputation beyond repute nlssubbu has a reputation beyond repute nlssubbu has a reputation beyond repute
Default Is hireing illegals is illegal? A case goes to Supreme Court

The following news is very interesting and I hope will again bring back a debate on illegal immigration and how the court view hireing them.

April 26, 2006 The debate on illegal immigration, which has been raging across the country, comes to the Supreme Court today.

The court will hear a case in which one of the nation's largest carpet manufacturers, Mohawk Industries, is accused of conspiring to hire illegal immigrants to reduce labor costs.

In a novel legal argument, current and former workers of the company are seeking to file suit against their bosses under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO, to prove the company illegally conspired with an outside employment agency to hire undocumented workers to keep legal workers' wages low.

The use of RICO, normally associated with organized crime and gangs, alarms the business community, because the act allows triple damages against companies in violation.

Before the case can go forward, the Supreme Court will have to decide whether the workers can file the suit under RICO. If the workers prevail, discovery pertaining to the underlying allegations will commence in the lower courts.

Bad for Business or Workers? Mohawk, based in Calhoun, Ga., denies that it sought to hire illegal immigrants, and the company argues that an attempt to use RICO for such a case is an attack on ordinary business relationships.

"If the court allows this to proceed, then any ordinary dispute becomes a RICO case," said Mohawk attorney Juan Morillo.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has filed a brief siding with Mohawk, arguing that a loss will threaten legitimate businesses that cannot risk "the reputational injury of being sued in federal court under a statute associated with racketeers and mobsters."

Morillo adds that large corporations are put in a delicate position regarding illegal immigrants.

"On the one hand a corporation can be sued for allegedly hiring illegal aliens and then simultaneously they can be investigated for discrimination for being too vigorous in their scrutiny of a worker's documents," he said.

Howard Foster, an attorney for the workers, says that the case will allow private citizens to sue corporations in order to enforce immigration laws.

Advocates for immigration change support the workers' case against Mohawk.
"It's sad that citizens are being forced to go to these lengths to force their own government to protect their jobs from unscrupulous employers who knowingly hire people who are in the United States illegally," said Susan Wysoki, of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "The government is ignoring massive violation of laws specifically intended to protect American workers. People are left with no other option but to sue under RICO."

The high court is expected to rule on the case by June.
Bookmark and Share Compare Reply With Quote



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Showdown: Supreme court to hear case on arizona's 2007 employer sanctions law Blog Feeds Recent Blogs 0 06-29-2010 04:30 AM
Losers Guild take H1B case to Supreme court. psaxena Interesting Topics 6 11-20-2009 02:44 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:55 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.