Here’s the news from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco:
A federal appeals court ordered reinstatement Monday for 33 janitors in Los Angeles who were fired because their Social Security numbers did not match the government’s database, a ruling that could strengthen unions’ case against a Bush administration proposal to pressure employers to get rid of suspected illegal immigrants…
But in ordering the Los Angeles janitors rehired with back pay, the court said employees can’t be fired merely because the Social Security number they submit differs from the number in the government’s files – a major issue in lawsuits over the administration’s plan…
The employees, whose union contract protected them from being fired without good cause, won reinstatement and back pay from an arbitrator, who said Aramark had no convincing information that they were illegal immigrants. A federal judge disagreed but was overruled Monday by the three-judge appellate panel.
So a company trying to do the right thing is being forced to employ illegal immigrants by labor unions and liberal judges. The labor union in this case is Service Employees International Union (SEUI), which strongly endorses both Barack Obama and amnesty.
Meanwhile, in Europe via VOA (too little, too late for them, but noteworthy nonetheless):
The European Parliament has approved new rules for detaining and expelling illegal immigrants, legislation that human rights groups consider unfair.
EU lawmakers voted in Strasbourg Wednesday to let governments detain illegal immigrants for up to 18 months and impose a re-entry ban of up to five years. The rules are to go into effect by 2010.