Department of Labor, UFCW collaborating with Mexican government, enabling illegal immigration
From a UFCW press release:
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is proud to partner with the Embassy of Mexico, the U.S. Department of Labor and allied organizations to promote the first "Semana de Derechos Laborales", or Labor Rights Week, UFCW International President Joe Hansen joined the Mexican Consul General of Chicago, Manuel Rodríguez Arriaga, to launch the national outreach and education program that is taking place in thirteen cities across the country.
They refer to "Mexican national workers", but make clear that they're including illegal aliens in that group:
"In the past few years, a growing number of immigrant workers were subject to abuse under a mantle of fear that was created by policy approaches which allowed unscrupulous employers to use immigration status to threaten deportation if workers reported discrimination, wage and hour or health and safety violations. We recognize the leadership of Secretary Solis in this issue and believe that joint efforts like the Labor Rights Week will strengthen our ability to protect the rights of our nationals abroad," said Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan.
One way to do something about this is for those attending townhall meetings to ask their representatives to block any collaboration between Mexico and the U.S. that assists or enables illegal immigration. The problem with that, of course, is that the leaders of the groups encouraging people to attend townhall meetings don't care about things like that.
Earlier this year, UFCW Canada and the Mexican state of Michoacán signed a landmark co-operation agreement to ensure that the human and labor rights of agricultural workers from Michoacan, Mexico are recognized and enforced while they work in Canadian fields and greenhouses.