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House Dems pass bill allowing illegal immigrants to sue employers for damages, could nullify right-to-work laws

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Despite what has become an almost full-time effort to take out President Trump, the Democratic Party still finds time to advocate on behalf of illegal immigrants, putting the interests of those who have come to America illegally ahead of the interests of U.S. citizens.

The Democrat-led House passed legislation Thursday that would protect the labor rights of illegal immigrants, making them eligible to sue their employer for damages if those rights are judged to have been violated, Fox News reported.

Catering to labor unions and the millions of dollars they contribute to the Democratic Party, the Democrat-sponsored “Protecting the Right to Organize” (PRO) Act rejects a measure that would prevent unions from recruiting illegal immigrants.

This just the latest effort by the party to mainstream illegal immigrants in American society, adding to sanctuary cities offering safe haven to criminal aliens and an effort to give driver’s licenses to those in the country illegally.

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Like California’s controversial Assembly Bill 5, one of the PRO Act’s stated purposes is to end worker misclassification and stop employers from denying workers benefits by doing so. It passed in a 224-194 vote, mostly along party lines. […]

One of the bill’s most controversial measures would allow Illegal immigrants to receive backpay and damages if the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finds that their collective bargaining rights have been violated.

Under the law, employers must provide such remedies to employees if it is ruled they are victims of unfair labor practices. But currently, illegal immigrants cannot receive backpay or damages from the NLRB — something that the bill seeks to change. The bill also allows the NLRB to award additional financial penalties for each violation in which a worker is wrongfully terminated — illegal immigrants would not be excluded from this either.

 

Another “jarring” result of the legislation, according to Fox News, is the legislation would abolish state right-to-work laws — this being a dream for unions experiencing historically low membership.

Unions that have all but outlived any usefulness in today’s society, surviving in large part because of public-sector unions.

Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Okla., said the bill “will put immeasurable power in the hands of union bosses.”

“Where workers have previously had the freedom to choose whether or not to pay fees [and] join a union, they will now be forced to pay membership fees or lose their job,” he said.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform said in a statement the bill could prevent employers from firing an illegal immigrant.

“In addition to owing back pay and other damages from so-called unfair labor practices, the PRO Act subjects employers to civil penalties of up to $100,000,” the organization said. “Under this bill, if an employer makes the admirable decision of firing an illegal worker to hire an American instead, they could face an unfair labor practice charge alleging that the illegal alien was fired for union status rather than being here illegally. This is not right.”

As reported, the bill would be dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled Senate.

All of which points to another critical reason why the GOP must maintain control of the upper chamber in the 2020 election.

There’s also a possibility that the American people have grown weary of Democrats weaponizing the lower chamber to go after the president, making them the minority party again in the House.

Tom Tillison

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