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Is it right to give illegal immigrants rights equal to American workers? Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis thinks so. A teen's opinion on the issue...

Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, unveiled new labor agreements with Central American countries on Monday in Washington granting migrant workers the full protections of U.S. workplace laws regardless of their legal status. Solis feels that all workers should be able to voice their issues without fear of deportation as a consequence. Facing many critics who say that these agreements are encouraging the black market in a time of high unemployment to begin with, Solis holds strong on her opinion that all workers have rights; no matter their state of citizenship. The issue also arises of the dismay that will be felt by immigrants who spend years going through all the legal channels necessary to become a true American citizen.

I believe that these agreements are a figurative slap in the face to American workers. For years, the US has had to deal with issues of illegal immigration and now it is as if we are inviting them in. Unions have been fighting for workers rights since the mid-19th century and now rights are being given to individuals who are not even a part of the country.

Other teens see this as an issue as well. When a group of high school students were asked about the issue, the view that since these people are regarded as “illegal” they should have no rights in this country was shared amongst them. Economically aware teenagers also felt that protecting the jobs of non citizens, when the country is in a state of 9.1% unemployment is abominable. We should be focused on protecting our own citizens, not individuals who are here illegally.

If the leaders of this country continue to make political decisions that alarm the American people such as these agreements have, no one will know where the country is headed and what is to happen in the upcoming presidential election as a result.

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George Orwell September 02, 2011 at 01:27 PM
There is no question that the U.S. must take care of it's own first. In about 25-30 years, after we clean up our own house, then let's revisit the plight of illegals. Now that we can all agree that we are not the biggest lending nation, but rather the biggest borrowing nation, let's stop most/all foreign aid and rebuild America. I will choose just one example of the plight of countless millions of American citizens- In yesterday's Bergen Record was a story of a FEMA executive who was visiting a local shelter for those displaced by Irene; the executive was clearly moved by the conversation he had with a family who hadn't payed their homeowner's insurance premium due to their heartbreaking choice, pay the premium or put food on the table. Most of us are only a few paychecks away from being that family. God Bless America.


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