Illegal Immigrants Rally for Workers' Compensation Rights

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

LANSING -- They weren't your average protesters Thursday at the state Capitol.

Some were illegal immigrants, rallying for the state to grant them rights to workers' compensation.

"We're only one of two states in the nation that does not allow workers that are undocumented to compensate when they are injured on the job," said state Rep. Rashida Tlaib from Detroit.

She introduced a bill Thursday in the House that would change that -- extend Michigan's workers' compensation rights to illegal immigrants.

Tlaib says many of the estimated 100,000 illegals in Michigan are workers. And while most of them pay into social security and real estate taxes, none of them is afforded the right to compensation if they're injured on the job.

"Allowing workers' compensation for all injured workers is a better system than allowing people to be part of a black market of undocumented workers," Tlaib said at the rally.

Some of her fellow lawmakers, though, say her bill doesn't stand a chance.

"The only thing we should be giving illegal immigrants is a bus ride home," said state Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, after hearing about the bill.

He pointed out many illegal immigrants defraud companies with fake social security numbers in order to land jobs -- jobs he says should go to Michiganders.

"Companies pay into this system," Jones said Thursday. "It's very expensive, and it should be there for a hard-working American."

But Tlaib and others point out that requiring companies to pay workers' comp might discourage them from hiring illegal immigrants in the first place.


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  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on May 12, 2013 at 02:49 PM
    "But Tlaib and others point out that requiring companies to pay workers' comp might discourage them from hiring illegal immigrants in the first place." If Rashida Tlaib is stupid enough to believe that, then she has no business in public office. Her use of the term "undocumented workers" proves that she is a politically correct idiot. They are illegal aliens, and they need to be taken into custody and then kicked out of the country. They have no business spending my money.
  • by rick on May 10, 2013 at 06:00 AM
    someone please tell me why immigration services don't just raid these rallies?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    I think people are really upset about this and these comments should be forwarded to where ever they will do the most good.Some one is allowing the LAWS of this country to be broken,and they are as guilty as the illegals on this whole mess.Employers and the LAW should as well get in trouble with this one! By them doing this and officials allowing it,They are just throwing it up in citizens faces"We have a job,you don't and we aren't even legal"This was just too much.
  • by Tom Location: Here on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:34 AM
    Thank God for Rick Jones. And Liam Martin, please explain how ILLEGALS paying into Social Security or Property Taxes is in anyway relevant to whether or not they should get WC when they are 'hurt' in working the job they stole from legal residents using stolen identity information? I pay plenty of SS and Property taxes, does that entitle me to claim damages from State Farm if I crash a stolen car while driving it someplace where I was trespassing? PLEASE! I'd also like to know if there was any law enforcement presence at this rally? If so who paid, and why were the ILLEGALS not rounded up? Could we compromise and just get some treason charges filed against Rep.Nutjob(D) for proposing such a thing?
  • by Laura Burton Location: Fresno CA on Mar 15, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    How sad it that and Michigan is whining about being one of two states that "does not" compensate undocumented workers...Hello! Go south of the border and demand all the rights and programs made available to undocumented citizens here in USA..and good luck. We have US citizens that don't get the benefits and righs of many undocumented Non USA citizens. It's disgusting that 48 states do provide such benefits under WC Insurance.
  • by No Name Location: California on Mar 15, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    The only reason these "undocumented" people come her is for the jobs. If there were no jobs, they wouldn't come. It's those employers who want cheap labor and reap the benfits.
  • by Carol on Mar 15, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    If you do not allow WC payments to illegals, then you ENCOURAGE employers to hire illegals knowing that they will not be held responsible for any injuries. Their workers' comp premiums will be lower. They can out-compete businesses who do what they are supposed to do and there are less jobs for legal residents.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2010 at 08:08 AM
    I must of went to school in the wrong place.I though illegal meant against the law?It was a crime and punished by laws to prevent things that were wrong?Guess the ones running this country went to the same school.Illegal means nothing but go ahead and do the wrong.You won't get in trouble for it.What are laws made for?I truly hope the government reads these comments and make sure AMERICANS that are LEGAL have the JOBS we need.It is bad enough many of our companies went over seas,but to allow others in this country to steal our jobs is uncalled for.Right under our nose.Says Nothing for this country but bad.
  • by Terry on Mar 15, 2010 at 08:04 AM
    What about my rights? I am a US citizen born right here in Lansing MI. I retired 3 years ago, went to file for Social Security, was told my # was wrong, belongs to a guy in Indiana. I had my birth certificate and Soc. Sec. card. They had to check make sure the # hadn't been issued twice. Well the guy in Indiana was an Illegal and had stollen my Soc Security # didn't have a card, and had been earning money here and sending it home so his family could live a good life. But it messed me up and I had to wait 8 months to draw Social Security. Send them all packing. Send them back to where they belong.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2010 at 07:16 AM
    Both parties are to blame for this one.They see the problem and it says very illegal but heads are being turned.The more that are here the more follow.It is simple,they have a place to live and hide out with friends or families.Ones that choose to deal drugs have places to stay and sell.you can't tell me some don't.Then take Americans jobs.I'd say they have pressed their luck pretty far.Illegal is just that.They come here have kids and they are citizens so they don't want to break up families and send them back?Employers are at fault as well and should get in deep trouble for this.I don't want to end up on welfare because an illegal has a job I could have.Laws are laws and all should have to abide.Allowing this will lead to many other problems.So much for boarder control.They get paid and aren't doing their jobs.They say MILLIONS are here ILLEGALLY.What is going to be done about it?
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