As of March 29, the Department of Homeland Security has ordered 500 companies “of all sizes and
types” to submit their hiring records for inspection to determine whether or not the businesses are
hiring illegal immigrants. In addition to obtaining I-9 forms and other documentation for review,
the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are joining
forces to conduct raids on business across the country suspected of hiring illegal immigrants.
A recent raid on a Waste Management facility in northwest Houston netted 16 illegal immigrants,
seven of whom were from Mexico and the others from various South American countries. Waste
Management blamed third-party temporary staffing companies as none of the individuals arrested
were officially Waste Management employees.
LA PROGAM OFFERS HEALTHCARE FOR ILLEGAL RESTAURANT WORKERS
The Los Angeles Times reports that a Los Angeles community clinic and a restaurant workers’
groups have partnered in a program to provide inexpensive healthcare coverage for illegal immigrants
(and other uninsured food service workers) who are excluded from the mandates and penalties of
Obama’s federal healthcare reform.
Likely the first of its kind in the nation, the program offers preventative, primary and dental care to
about 75,000 restaurant workers who don’t have access to insurance because of their immigration
status. Uninsured workers pay $25 a month so they can go to one of several clinics run by St. John’s
Well Child and Family Center.
Joseph Villela, senior policy advocate with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
are hoping it will help illegal immigrants receive the preventative care and treatment they need
without going to expensive emergency rooms. As far as funding is concerned, Jim Mangia, the
clinic’s president and chief executive, said many of the workers’ children are covered by Medi-Cal
offsetting the cost of care for the adults and the new program also received some grant money.