A Connecticut Reader Notes That Immigration "Civil Rights" Bureaucracy Is Still In Operation
January 25, 2017, 06:22 PM
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From: Joseph Morabito [Email him]

I came across something that may be worthy of a blog posting. It's from the U.S. Justice Department pre-January 20, 2017 at 12 noon.

As of January 18, 2017, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) is now called the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER).

IER will continue to have the same mission that it had 30 years ago when Congress created this office to enforce the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  To reflect the name change of the office, IER launched new English and Spanish websites featuring a new Workers’ Stories page where workers recount their experiences getting assistance through our worker hotline, a new IER poster (also in Spanish; more translations coming soon), and two new educational resources.

The first is a resource guide for asylees and refugees with information about their employment rights and federal agencies that asylees and refugees may contact if they believe their employment rights have been violated titled, “Employment Rights & Resources for Refugees & Asylees.”

The second is guidance for employers on avoiding discrimination against citizens of the Freely Associated States, titled, “Citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Republic of Palau Have the Right to Work Without Facing Discrimination: What Employers Should Know.”  For more information about IER and the INA’s anti-discrimination provision, visit www.justice.gov/ier.  IER’s Spanish site is www.justice.gov/crt-espanol/ier.[More]

See previous letters from the same reader.

James Fulford writes: The old Office Of Special Counsel was set up after the 1986 IRCA Amnesty to prevent discrimination against legal foreigners. Unfortunately, their idea of preventing discrimination is to declare it illegal to ask someone with foreign accent if he's legally entitled to work. See Indiscriminate Anti-Discrimination Enforcement: Why Is It Illegal To Check For Illegals?  [September 19, 2003]