Just because migrant workers have expired papers is no reason to fire them, warns the Department of Justice. It’s a form of discrimination.
The Justice Department has released a new video reminding employers who have El Salvadorian workers with “Temporary Protected Status” that even if the workers’ documents have expired, it’s still no problem, because Jeh Johnson of Homeland Security has granted them an automatic extension for another 18 months, from September 10, 2016 through March 9, 2018.
The reason given is because the living conditions in El Salvador are disrupted from a series of earthquakes in 2001, and the country simply isn’t able to “handle adequately the return of its nationals” at this time.
The extension applies to El Salvadorians, or even “aliens who have no nationality who last habitually resided in El Salvador”.
On the Justice Department website, the video is explained, along with a firm warning against discrimination:
“This video provides employers with a clear reminder and practical guidance to ensure that they comply with federal law when verifying the employment eligibility of Salvadoran workers with Temporary Protected Status,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department is firmly committed to protecting the rights of all work-authorized immigrants and ensuring that employers do not engage in unlawful discrimination.”
The video features a couple actors running through the procedure of how employers can hang on to their alien workers. The man asked, “Don’t we always have to have unexpired documents?” The woman responds, “This is an exception to that rule. We want to follow the rules but we don’t want to lose these workers or discriminate against them,” she advises him. “They are too valuable.”
The video says, even if they don’t renew their documents, they still get an automatic six month extension.
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