of Immigration Laws Generates Discrimination Cases
From El Diario
August 8, 2003
By Enrique Soria
When both employers and employees are ignorant
of immigration laws, it can lead to discrimination against job
But the immigration
authorities also complicate the situation with bureaucratic delays
in the processing of documents that allow immigrant to work in
Juan Fernández, of the Human Rights Commission
of the City of New York, said yesterday that the most outstanding
discrimination have to do with the fact that the businesses demand
proof of eligibility to work in the Unites States, and that this
discrimination is based on the national origin of the applicant.
clarified that the law says what type of documents an applicants
may give, and corresponds to the applicant that he
may choose which type of proof to give the employer.
explained that a “green card” is not
an indispensable demand on the part of the employer, if the applicant
is able to demonstrate his permission to work with different work
“The employers should not demand [green cards] if the law
believes that the applicant can identify himself and clarify his
other types of documents understood in the current immigration
The functionary of the commission in question also said that
there have been cases in which the employers have required the “green
card” of Puerto Ricans or Hispanic Americans – who,
as U.S. citizens, do not need green cards [to live and work in
the country]. “These are cases of discrimination by national
For her part, Ana Maria Bazán, of the New
York Immigration Coalition, (a non-governmental agency that assists
explained that immigrants who rely on work permits are at risk,
for once they expire, the authorities do not renew them in the
time allotted by the law.
“For example, the law says that an expired working document
should be renewed in the space of 90 days. This is the process.
the case of delay, they have to give an temporary authorization
for 240 days while the 90 day process continues.” Bazán
assures that the authorities fail in many cases. The delay of the
proceedings, and the slowness to grant the 240-day authorization
ends with the applicants losing or remaining without work, not
having documents to show to the employer.
Yesterday, the Human
Rights Commission in conjunction with the Coalition, developed
a system of legal marks, that protect immigrants
that seek work and insists on denouncing employers that violate
the laws that punish discrimination in job centers.
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Translated from Spanish by Charlotte