Keeping with the big government mentality, various federal agencies are creating thousands of positions to meet the goals set by a new Obama initiative to find jobs for “low-income and disconnected youth.”
Announced by the president this week, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Summer Jobs 2012 is being promoted as a private-federal partnership in which a quarter of a million unemployed, low-income youths will enter the workforce. Several major companies already operate similar programs though the DOL seems to indicate that they were inspired by this novel plan.
After all, the administration is touting it as a “new call-to-action for businesses, nonprofits and government to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth.” The goal is to create 250,000 summer jobs for the disenfranchised youth, ages 16 to 24. An internet tool will soon be launched where the job-seekers can access openings and connect with participating employers.
Obama’s Labor Secretary, former California Congresswoman Hilda Solis, hinted that minorities will be heavily targeted, pointing out that “minority youth have had an especially difficult time funding summer employment.” To back this up Solis offered the following statistics; the unemployment rate for African-American youth last summer was 31% and for Latinos it was 20%. That means 900,000 African-American youth and 820,000 Latino youth didn’t work, according to the secretary’s figures.
This is being presented by the administration as a crisis that requires government intervention. So far three federal agencies have committed to create a combined 19,424 jobs for the low-income, disconnected minority youth. The Department of the Interior, which manages the country’s national parks, will lead the way with 12,000 positions in various wildlife refuges, environmental restoration projects and tribal lands.
The Department of Agriculture will offer 7,100 low-income youth—referred to as “our future leaders”—with “valuable work experience” and the Department of Health and Human Services will chip in 324 jobs. Recalling her upbringing in a blue-collar Los Angeles neighborhood, Solis credits these sorts of summer youth jobs for setting her on a course that led her to a president’s cabinet.
Since making it to the prestigious post, Solis has launched a number of controversial programs, including a division with a 1,000 field investigators to protect illegal immigrants in the U.S. workforce. Her agency has also dedicated tens of millions of dollars to questionable initiatives that provide “meaningful job training” for low-income juvenile delinquents and “high-risk” adults, safety training for “low-literacy Latinos” and to promote collective bargaining in Vietnam.
Last month, Judicial Watch uncovered a scandal behind the DOL’s wasteful, bilingual smartphone app to help hourly workers “stand up for their rights” and file complaints against employers. To create the app, the agency awarded a noncompetitive contract— intended for socially and economically disadvantaged businesses—to former DOL official who owns a profitable company called Cascades Technologies Inc.
The U.S. Secretary of Labor has warned local governments that try to crack down in illegal immigration that they cannot deny undocumented workers minimum wage, which is guaranteed under a federal law that establishes pay in both the private and public sector.
Obama Labor Secretary Hilda Solis singled out Alabama this month, reminding state officials that their new law to curb illegal immigration invalidates employment contracts for undocumented aliens who are guaranteed the federal minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Alabama’s law took effect earlier this year and requires everyone to prove legal residency to get a job, enroll in school, register a car or rent housing.
Shortly after the measure took effect, the Department of Justice (DOJ) challenged it in court, claiming that it conflicts with federal immigration law and undermines the federal government’s “careful balance of immigration enforcement priorities and objectives.” The DOJ also hates that the law is designed to affect virtually every aspect of an “unauthorized immigrant’s daily life” and that it criminalizes their “mere unlawful presence.”
Solis, a former California congresswoman with close ties to the influential open borders movement, has vowed to help all illegal immigrants who have worked in Alabama and “whose right to the federal minimum wage or overtime pay has been violated.” In a DOL blog post this month she assures that the Obama Administration is fighting the state’s immigration control law but until the “courts strike it down” it is “critical that all workers in Alabama know their federal rights.”
Here is another interesting excerpt from Solis’s article: “Our federal government—under both Republican and Democratic presidents—has long held that all people working in this country have the right to the federal minimum wage, regardless of immigration status…Farm workers must have their wages paid on time. Employers must provide their terms of employment in writing. And, if an employer provides housing or transportation, it must be safe.”
The nation’s Labor Secretary goes on to criticize the Alabama measure for making it a crime for an illegal immigrant to enter into a business transaction, such as signing an apartment lease or getting utility service. “Imprisoning those who seek shelter and basic sustenance runs counter to the universal rights of all free people. It’s beneath the dignity of this great nation,” she wrote.
Solis ends the piece with a tear-jerker, quoting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a Geneva speech where she reminds the world that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Governments cannot confer these rights because they are the “birthright of all people,” according to the Clinton speech quoted by Solis. “These basic rights extend to immigrants living in Alabama,” Solis concludes.
Since Obama appointed her to run the DOL Solis has launched a number of costly initiatives to help illegal immigrants and her agency has given the open borders most powerful group, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), more than $5 million to promote its leftist agenda via a network of community organizations dedicated to serving Latinos.
Under Solis the DOL launched a special program with 1,000 investigators dedicated to enforcing labor and wage laws in industries that typically hire lots of illegal aliens without reporting anyone to federal immigration authorities. The agency has also dedicated nearly $11 million to foreign-language programs that help workers with “low literacy or limited English proficiency” and entered formal agreements with Central American countries vowing to preserve the rights of their migrants working in the U.S.
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.
Weeks after handing out nearly $76 million to help low-income juvenile delinquents find work, Obama’s Labor Department is dedicating an additional $17 million to provide “high-risk” adults with “meaningful job training.”The first allotment covered underage criminals and the second applies to adults, ages 18 to 24. The goal is to “support underserved young adults looking to improve their lives and join the workforce,” according to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. A majority of the “young people” participating in the taxpayer-funded program dropped out of high school or served time in jail, Solis confirms.Two leftwing nonprofits will each get $8.5 million to assist more than 1,400 individuals in “high-poverty, high-crime communities,” throughout the U.S., according to the Labor Department announcement. Solis assures that it’s a worthy investment that’s not limited to the individual but rather benefits the entire family and community.Weeks earlier her agency dedicated nearly $76 million to give low-income juvenile delinquents a “second chance” by helping them get high school diplomas and jobs. That money went to an alternative education program (YouthBuild) that offers training in occupational skills, academics and other important areas such as “life planning, healing from past hurts” and “overcoming negative habits and attitudes.”A former California congresswoman, Solis has come under fire for launching a program at her agency to protect illegal immigrants. Under that project, 1,000 field investigators enforce labor and wage laws in industries that typically hire illegal aliens without reporting anyone to federal immigration authorities. Solis even set up a special Spanish hotline where illegal aliens can report wage issues “regardless of immigration status.”
A year after launching a nationwide campaign to protect illegal immigrant workers in the U.S., the Obama Labor Department has entered formal agreements with two foreign countries vowing to preserve the rights of their migrants.Signed this week by the U.S., Guatemala and Nicaragua, the declaration will make it easier to protect the rights of migrants from those Central American countries who work in the United States. Under the decree, Labor Department 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.It’s part of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’s plan to help illegal aliens, who she refers to as “vulnerable” and “underpaid.” Last year Solis, a former California congresswoman with close ties to the influential La Raza movement, deployed 1,000 new field investigators to enforce labor and wage laws in industries that typically hire illegal aliens without reporting anyone to federal immigration authorities.Also this week, Solis announced another initiative (Water Rest Shade) to help landscapers and farm and construction workers avoid illness and death related to heat exposure. Thousands of workers die annually after becoming sick from heat exposure on the job, according to the new government web site promoting that project.It goes on to say that “Latino workers suffer disproportionately from on-the-job heat injuries and illnesses,” which is why the heat campaign will “particularly reach out to those workers” with Spanish materials and publicity campaigns.To make its point, the Obama Administration uses the case of a pregnant, teen-age illegal immigrant farm worker who collapsed from heat exhaustion during a shift at a Californiavineyard. Two days later she died, according to the government story that points out there was no shade or water available to any worker on the site.In a related matter, a separate federal agency is holding a special forum this week to explore ways the nation can honor the contributions of Latinos. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will headline the powwow along with a “broad spectrum” of influential scholars and business and cultural leaders from the Latino community. The goal is to “better integrate and highlight” past and ongoing contributions of Latino women and men into the National Park Service.
With no end in site to the nation’s record-high unemployment rate, Obama’s Labor Department is spending nearly $76 million to give low-income juvenile delinquents a “second chance” by helping them get high school diplomas and jobs.The generous allocation of taxpayer funds to save poor dropouts with criminal records was announced this week by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, a former California congresswoman who has come under fire for launching a program at her agency to protect illegal immigrants. Under that project, 1,000 field investigators enforce labor and wage laws in industries that typically hire illegal aliens without reporting anyone to federal immigration authorities.Now Solis is on a mission to rescue at-risk teens by throwing $75.8 million at an alternative education program (YouthBuild) that offers training in occupational skills, academics and other important areas such as “life planning,” “healing from past hurts” and “overcoming negative habits and attitudes.” Strong emphasis is placed on leadership development and community service, according to the YouthBuild website.“Every day in America, 7,000 students drop out of high school,” Solis said during this week’s grant announcement in her boss’s hometown of Chicago. “Our nation cannot afford to lose these young people.” The money will go to YouthBuild affiliates in dozens of states as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.Not surprisingly, crime-infested urban areas will get most of the cash. Among the top recipients are Chicago, Sacramento, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Newark and Las Vegas. It’s a worthy investment of taxpayer dollars, Solis assures, because “YouthBuild provides an important second chance to earn an education while also developing valuable skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”Since 2006, the Department of Labor has awarded nearly $300 million to local YouthBuild programs around the nation. Other government agencies, such as the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Energy, Justice and Agriculture, have also kicked in hundreds of millions of dollars in the last few years.