Hispanic Leader Says Migrant Worker Agreement is Political Ploy

A prominent Hispanic leader says the Labor Department’s agreement with Latin American governments to protect migrant workers “no matter how you got here or how long you plan to stay,” is a political production that lacks real substance.

Mario Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ workers rights agreement on Monday with Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador ambassadors, is simply an arrangement to provide information and referrals.

“It’s really something very basic that [the department] tried to maximize while the administration tried to maximize the PR (public relations) value of this to pretend that they’re making in-depth reforms when it’s not [a reform at all],” Lopez noted.

The labor secretary signed the pledge agreements in the presence of six Latin-American ambassadors. Solis, the child of immigrant parents from Nicaragua and Mexico, also delivered a bilingual speech pledging to protect the labor rights of migrant workers.

“We live in a country that has seen times of prosperity and times of hardship and sacrifice. But no matter the challenge of the moment, Americans believe in a set of core values that makes us who we are. We value hard work. We embrace diversity. And we honor the contributions of those who come to this country seeking a better life,” Solis proclaimed.

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