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Report says low-income Latinos targeted

Posted April 21, 2009

A new report suggests low-income Latinos are routinely the targets of wage theft and racial profiling.

The nonprofit civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center focused interviewed 500 low-income Latinos, including legal residents, undocumented workers and U.S. residents in five southern areas, including Charlotte, and found systemic discrimination against documented and undocumented immigrants.

The 64-page report also said Latinos are denied basic health and safety protections.

"We found a population under siege and living in fear – fear of the police, fear of the government t and fear of criminals who prey on immigrants because of their vulnerability," the report stated.

It includes several recommendations, including a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and the federal government strengthening its enforcement of wage and employment laws.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 23, 2009

    nufsaid, the economist was talking about "productivity"...not some bogus anecdote that you created.

  • nufsaid Apr 22, 2009

    "And if you read the article, he bases their productivity contribution on 30% LESS than that of a citizen worker...which is ridiculous IMO. So, the reality of their contribution to our GDP is probably much higher than what he is estimating.
    hereandnow99"

    I agree that the assumption that illegals provide 70% of the contribution of an American citizen is ridiculous. Look at the drain on our school systems, welfare programs and health care system, criminal justice system just to name a few. And then look at the amount of cash sent back to Mexico and not put back into the economy of this country. Yes they do pay sales taxes. Wow.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 22, 2009

    affirmativediversity, bogus SSN's are exactly why non-citizens pay into a system that they can never receive benefits from...to the tune of $9 billion per year. That's why the economist said that they are HELPFUL to our economy.

    And if you read the article, he bases their productivity contribution on 30% LESS than that of a citizen worker...which is ridiculous IMO. So, the reality of their contribution to our GDP is probably much higher than what he is estimating.

  • Adelinthe Apr 22, 2009

    If they're here legally, there are resources they can turn to.

    If they're not here legally, they've just set themselves up to be taken advantage of. If an employer is unscrupulous enough to hire an undocumented worker, they're unscrupulous enough to steal from them.

    God bless.

    RB

  • ifcdirector Apr 22, 2009

    They are also typically the most to use welfare and the most likely to be illegal invaders of our country too so..........

  • working for deadbeats Apr 22, 2009

    I'll pay a little more for services and produce if it means a legal citizen of any race/nationality is providing it. Please go home!

  • LibertarianTechie Apr 22, 2009

    affirmativediversity, with the current tax structure, drug dealers do not pay there share of income/ssn/med taxes. However, if we pass the fair tax (fairtax.org or ncfairtax.org), they will, and so will anyone her legally or not. Only those here legally will get the monthly prebate for expected expenses on the necessities of life (food).

  • djcgriffin Apr 22, 2009

    In the article, it said BOTH legal and undocumented workers felt like they were afraid of the government. So those of you with the "go back to your own country" sentiments, you have to remember that if they immigrated here legally, they have just as much a right to be here as YOU do. Unless you are NATIVE to this country (i.e. NATIVE AMERICAN), it's ignorant for you to even speak like that to someone that is here legally. ahem...

  • affirmativediversity Apr 22, 2009

    hereandnow99:

    Your economist fail to tell you that they include tax and revenue from LEGAL IMMIGRANTS in their numbers...actually, that's what accounts for most of it.

    Also, did these same economist calculate the economic gain from drug dealers and other criminal groups. I bet they contribute taxes too...so should we give them all amnesty too?

  • affirmativediversity Apr 22, 2009

    hereandnow99:

    Find me just ONE criminal migrant who paid social security...JUST ONE... BUT be sure to have them tell you the SSN they STOLE to make that wonderful donation!!!

    I suppose in your world it would be okay to rob a bank as long as you tipped the guard 5 bucks on the way out the door!!!!

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