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A fact sheet distributed at the event states that the Labor Department's Wage & Hour Division “is committed to ensuring that workers in this country are paid properly and for all the hours they work, regardless of immigration status.”
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Labor Secretary Touts Efforts
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At a time when 12.7 million Americans are unemployed, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis oversaw the signing Monday of agreements with four foreign countries to protect the rights of migrant workers in the US.

“We’re here today to strengthen our countries’ shared commitment to protect the labor right of migrant workers in the United States,” Solis said at the signing ceremony at the department’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

“Workers from Honduras, the Philippines, Peru and Ecuador are an important part of the American Labor Force. They work in hard-to-fill occupations,” she said. “And they pay taxes, rent and receive few government services. We’re grateful for their contributions to our economy.”

The latest data from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics show that in May 8.2 percent of Americans -- or 12,720,000 people -- were jobless.

Under the agreements signed Monday, regional enforcement offices of the department’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration and its Wage & Hour Division (WHD) “will cooperate with local consulates of the four countries,” according to a press release distributed at the event.

The arrangement will allow the US and the consulates to “reach out to migrant workers with information about US health, safety and wage laws.”

The agreements will also “target labor law enforcement efforts,” according to the department.

A fact sheet distributed at the event states that the WHD “is responsible for administering and enforcing laws that establish minimally acceptable standards for wages and working conditions in this country.”

“WHD is committed to ensuring that workers in this country are paid properly and for all the hours they work, regardless of immigration status,” it states.

Solis has overseen the signing of similar agreements in the past, including those with Nicaragua and Guatemala, and with Mexico.

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Editor's Note: It is important to recognize that this administration is cementing the Progressive idea of a "global economy" by ignoring the crime of illegal immigration and protecting a "global workforce" within the borders of the United States.


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