Smartphone App Is New Best Friend To Illegal Alien Workers

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The day labors standing on corners waiting to be hired – who are mostly illegal aliens – now have a new smart phone app that will allow them to “fight against wage theft.”

The app, named Jornalero, (which means ‘day laborer’ in Spanish) was developed by an immigrant rights organization in Jackson Heights, New York, known as New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE).

Workers will be able to rate their employers and alert other workers of their experience.  They can log in their hours and wages, take pictures of job sites, employers’ vehicles, and any other information they may need to provide to lawyers to help negotiate or recover payment, reported New York Times.

It also allows workers to track payments, record details about unsafe work sites and share photos – all anonymously.    If a worker reports an employer for nonpayment or underpayment, NICE will contact the employer, or if necessary, lawyers from the Urban Justice Center will help recover wages.

NICE’s parent organization, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, in Los Angeles, provided additional funding, until a San Francisco group, Rebel Idealist took over the design.   The plan is to make the app available to workers across the country.

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades contributed $25,000, and the Ford Foundation kicked in $15,000.

A construction worker from Peru, Pepe Soto, said now, if an employer tries to drive away without payment, they can take a picture of his car.

Day laborers rights are gaining traction – the city of New York contributed $500,000 in August 2015 to expand workers’ centers throughout the city.

Earlier we reported that the Border Patrol even lists safe zones, or “sensitive locations” right on their website notifying illegal aliens of locations where they will be safe from enforcement of immigration laws.


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