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A year-old decision by the Labor Department to discontinue certain citizenship checks on employees of federal contractors is drawing fire from immigration reform groups, who view it as government "shirking" its responsibility to curb hiring of illegal workers. At issue is whether the Labor office that monitors contractor compliance with antidiscrimination laws can leave it to the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau to verify worker's immigration status. Read the full story by Charles S. Clark.
On March 21, 2011, IRLI filed a public comment with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), supporting a new rule that will reform the method for determining prevailing wages for temporary labor certifications of H-2B non-agricultural workers.
IRLI, like our parent organization FAIR, advocates for smart sustainable reforms to our nation’s laws that protect the wages, working conditions, and employment opportunities of U.S. workers against the adverse consequences associated with increased competition from foreign nonagricultural workers.
The Immigration Reform Law Institute has successfully assisted a young African graduate in his fight to compel an unscrupulous employer to make amends for fraudulently abusing the H-1B visa program. After an extensive federal investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor recently informed Miracle Software, Inc. that the Flemington, New Jersey company will be held accountable for H-1B program abuses against Yacoube Sidibe, a citizen of Mali and recent computer science graduate, and four other foreign tech workers. Read the full story here.