Watchdog Group Sues Labor Department Over ‘Rightful Wage’ Regulation
September 30, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
Comedian Stephen Colbert may have defended migrant workers' rights before Congress last week, but an anti-corruption watchdog organization is suing the government to obtain documents regarding its wage policy towards illegal immigrants.
Judicial Watch says it is seeking documents that would shed light on a Labor Department program that is designed to help immigrant workers obtain fair wages whether or not they are in the United States legally. It says the program was launched in April 2010, and offers Federal assistance to illegal immigrants who want to seek redress from their employers over unpaid or unfair wages.
"The Obama White House attacks the State of Arizona for passing a law to enforce Federal immigration law, while using taxpayer funds to help [individuals] work illegally in the U.S.," said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.
He called the program a "scandalous waste of taxpayer resources."
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of deportable aliens located by law enforcement has declined in recent years. While in 2006, more than 1.2 million were identified, in 2009 slightly more than 600,000 were located.