Sessions: ‘Where there is a job available, U.S. workers should have a chance at it before we bring in workers from abroad’
The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit accusing an agricultural company of discrimination for refusing to hire American citizens for seasonal positions.
John G. Gore, acting assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division, filed the lawsuit on Thursday. The lawsuit claims Crop Production Services Inc., a company based in Loveland, Colo., violated the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The complaint states that Crop Production Services discriminated against three Americans, Ramiro Torres, Ramiro Salinas, and Javier Salinas, “based on their citizenship status.”
The DOJ argues the company put these individuals through a more rigorous hiring and vetting process and denied them jobs as seasonal workers at a rice breeding facility in El Campo, Texas. The company instead filled all its positions with “H-2A visa holders from Mexico.”
“In the spirit of President Trump’s Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American, the Department of Justice will not tolerate employers who discriminate against U.S. workers because of a desire to hire temporary foreign visa holders,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statementannouncing the lawsuit. “The Justice Department will enforce the Immigration and Nationality Act in order to protect U.S. workers as they are the very backbone of our communities and our economy.”
“Where there is a job available, U.S. workers should have a chance at it before we bring in workers from abroad,” Sessions said.