SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
With no end in sight to the devastating unemployment rate, the nation’s Department of Labor (DOL) is dedicating nearly $11 million to foreign-language programs that help workers with “low literacy or limited English proficiency.”It marks the latest of many wasteful DOL initiatives aimed at helping Latinos (the feds’ code for illegal immigrants) working in the United States. Since President Obama appointed renowned open borders advocate Hilda Solis to head the agency, the former California congresswoman has dedicated vast resources to the cause.It’s safe to bet this won’t be the last. The DOL has just given a list of “community groups,” labor unions, colleges and “joint labor/management associations” $10.7 million to provide hands-on safety training and educational programs for “vulnerable” workers that lack education and don’t speak English. The idea is to eliminate hazards in some of the most dangerous industries, according to Solis.A quick glance of the grantee list reveals a common thread; all of them will provide training and materials in Spanish and at least one in Portuguese. Most will recruit “hard-to-reach workers” with “limited English” and “low literacy” in fields such as construction and manufacturing. A Washington D.C. environmental group will use its $48,000 grant to develop an online “hazard communications” for “weatherization professionals” in Spanish.Last spring Solis created a special program to assist illegal immigrants in the U.S. by deploying 1,000 new field investigators to reach out to Latino laborers in areas with large numbers of undocumented employees. The goal is to protect “vulnerable” and “underpaid” workers, according to Solis, who has close ties to the nation’s influential La Raza movement. Judicial Watch has sued the DOL to obtain records regarding the taxpayer-funded program that encourages illegal aliens to contact the government for wage assistance.A few months ago Solis entered formal agreements with two Central American countries vowing to preserve the rights of their migrants working in the U.S. Under the decree DOL regional offices will team up with local Guatemalan and Nicaraguan embassies and consulates to distribute information to their citizens about their “rights” in the U.S. since “Latino workers suffer disproportionately from on-the-job heat injuries and illnesses.”Since Obama appointed her to run the DOL, Solis has also given the open borders most powerful group, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), more than $5 million to expand nationwide and promote its leftist agenda via a network of community organizations dedicated to serving Latinos. Read Judicial Watch’s exposé on how the NCLR’s federal funding has skyrocketed since one of its top officials got a job in the Obama White House.
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