Secretary of labor, Hilda Solis, produced a video advising workers to contact her office should they feel that they have been shorted wages by their employers. But then she goes on to explicitly include workers who are not documented and to promise them confidentiality, “Every worker has a right to be paid fairly, whether documented or not.”
“Undocumented” is the current circumlocution for residing here illegally. Although Solis is a federal executive sworn to uphold existing federal law, she has decided which laws suit her and which do not. She rightly promises to pursue lawbreaking employers, but quite wrongly not to pursue lawbreaking employees.
Law professor Obama campaigned on respect for the rule of law as he trashed elements of the Bush administration’s war on terror — almost all of which he subsequently kept or expanded. Note how what was deemed illegal before 2009 has suddenly become quite legal and worthy of emulation and expansion.