Thursday, December 23, 2010

ICE: Missing In Action VI

Fifty illegal alien criminals openly occupied a Chipotle franchise in Minneapolis recently demanding reinstatement, back pay and benefits. They interfered with the lawful use of private property and refused to leave. The Minneapolis Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) refused to take any action.

Chanting in Spanish and wearing Santa hats, about 50 fired Chipotle workers and their families crammed into the Mexican chain's Nicollet Mall restaurant in downtown Minneapolis at lunchtime Wednesday, protesting what they called unjustified firings around the state following a federal investigation over their legal status to work in the U.S.


Some of the employees have worked for Chipotle for 10 years, but starting in early December, many were told they had worked their last day. The activist group Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee [MIRAC-ed.] kept count of the firings and helped the workers organize and speak out.


On Wednesday, the Latino workers demanded the company provide detailed explanations for why they were terminated and provide paychecks they say are still due them, including bonuses and payment for unused vacation.

Through interpreters, they also asked for an additional 90 days on the payroll so workers who might be fired mistakenly can gather their paperwork.


"We have not received all our wages, bonuses and vacation due to us," a worker who did not want to be named told the group and anyone who would listen on the busy Nicollet Mall just before a picket line formed in front of the store.

The protest was part of a campaign supported by the Immigrant Rights Action Committee, the SEIU Local 26 and the Center of Workers United in Struggle. The groups estimate more than 100 workers were fired throughout Minnesota in December from various Chipotle restaurants. There are 50 stores in Minnesota and about 1,200 workers. The firings were the result of an audit by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Denver-based Chipotle said Wednesday that representatives of the 1,000-store chain would meet with workers in January.


"We are saddened to be losing some excellent employees — many of whom have been with us for several years — and all of this comes in response to a request for documents made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Minnesota," the company said in a statement.


"While the laws in this area put employers in an untenable position — having to strike the difficult balance between enforcing immigration laws while not discriminating against any applicant — all of our policies and practices are and must be fully compliant with federal and state law."


The company said it is paying employees all wages owed, including bonuses earned and any unused vacation time. In addition, employees whose status has been questioned by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency are being given the opportunity to provide documentation to correct any administrative errors that may have been made, the company said.


Minnesota law requires that a worker be paid within 24 hours of the employee demand when that employee is involuntarily terminated. That includes a layoff, firing or business closing. There is no statutory distinction between documented workers or undocumented workers.



Apparently the promise by Obama to the Mexican Caucus to continue the administrative amnesty is still in effect. Perhaps Chipotle should file a lawsuit for trespass against the illegal aliens and the communist group aiding them. That might shut them up. But the real crime is that ICE failed to do their job by arresting those illegal aliens and by not arresting Brad Sigal of MIRAC for violations of 8 USC 1324 Harboring and 18 USC 2 Aiding and Abetting. But that is not part of the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty. Allowing those fifty illegal aliens to remain is part of the plan.

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