Obama’s Labor Secretary Reaches Out to Illegal Aliens With Paycheck Complaints

June 22, 2010 - 7:36 AM
'Every worker in America has a right to be paid fairly, whether documented or not,' says Labor Secretary Hilda Solis in a public service announcement posted on the Labor Department's 'We Can Help' Web page.
Hilda Solis

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis addresses the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(CNSNews.com) –  “Every worker in America has a right to be paid fairly, whether documented or not,” says Labor Secretary Hilda Solis in a public service announcement posted on the Labor Department’s “We Can Help” Web page.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) called Solis’ comments “an explicit invitation for illegal immigrants to bring the resources and power of the Department of Labor to bear against American employers.”
 
The "We Can Help" Web site says the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division is responsible for administering and enforcing some of the nation's most important worker protection laws – and is “committed to ensuring that workers in this country are paid properly and for all the hours they work, regardless of immigration status.”
 
In a different section of its Web site, the Labor Department states that “employers may hire only persons who may legally work in the United States (i.e., citizens and nationals of the U.S.) and aliens authorized to work in the U.S.”

Rep. King accused the Obama administration of using the limited resources of American taxpayers on behalf of illegal aliens.
 
“It is shameful that Secretary Solis has to be reminded that her primary duty is owed to the American people, and not to those who have illegally entered our country,” said King. “The Obama Administration needs to realize that the American people have a right to have their immigration laws enforced.”

What follows is a transcript of Solis’s PSA:
 
"You work hard, and you have the right to be paid fairly. I'm U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and it is a serious problem when workers in this country are not being paid every cent that they earn. Remember, every worker in America has a right to be paid fairly, whether documented or not. So, call us -- it is free and confidential -- at 1-866-487-9243. We can help."