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Of course: DOJ advises employers to ignore this immigration law to avoid discrimination charges (Open thread)

By Doug Powers  •  August 28, 2016 10:09 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Open thread time! A few starter topics while the grill heats up…


The Obama administration — inventing Catch-22’s for America’s business owners since 2009:

The Justice Department released a video this week encouraging companies not to terminate immigrants after their employment authorization expires, and indicated that doing so is a form of discrimination.

The video is shot in a dimly lit office, where two actors discuss whether their fictional company should let go of some Salvadoran employees who have failed to provide updated paperwork on their immigration status.

After a discussion about whether retaining the workers would violate the law, a woman says, “I think this is an exception to that rule,” and recommends that they contact the the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices before making any decisions.
The Justice Department claims requesting additional work-authorization documents from these workers may violate a provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) designed to protect individuals from excessive employer demands based on their nationality.

“The Justice Department is firmly committed to protecting the rights of all work-authorized immigrants and ensuring that employers do not engage in unlawful discrimination,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in a statement upon the video’s release on Thursday.

So if an employer doesn’t violate the law he or she could face federal discrimination charges? What a great message coming from the chief law enforcement agency in the country.

Here’s a live look at a DOJ employee putting the finishing touches on their latest edict to employers:


The San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick hasn’t made headlines for his on-the-field performance for a while, so instead he’s made history as the first NFL QB to sack himself on the sidelines:

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat in protest during the national anthem for a pre-season game, saying he would not honor a song nor “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Referencing to the recent shooting deaths of African-Americans by police, he told NFL Media that his conscience would not allow him to partake in the pre-game ceremony Friday against the Green Bay Packers.

“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” he said.

Kaepernick threw the gauntlet at America, but the Packers intercepted it for a pick-6.

Insert your own “what’s so unusual about a picture of Kaepernick sitting on the bench” joke here:


Probably not the product placement the Gatorade people were looking for, but sponsorships and other considerations are why this will all play itself out as the free market works its wonders.


“Historic levels of transparency” update: The remainder of Hillary Clinton’s calendar showing who she met with probably won’t be released by the State Department until after the election:

Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to begin releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, the government told The Associated Press it won’t finish the job before Election Day.

The department has so far released about half of the schedules. Its lawyers said in a phone conference with the AP’s lawyers that the department now expects to release the last of the detailed schedules around Dec. 30, weeks before the next president is inaugurated.

The first batch released showed that about 50 percent of Hillary’s meetings with people who weren’t working for the government were with those connected to the Clinton Foundation. Just a coincidence I’m sure.


Why is Hillary Clinton dodging the press. A former Clinton and Kerry adviser has the predictable hot take of the day:


Isn’t it kind of sexist to imply that only female politicians lie habitually and dodge the press? (Two can play that game)


Is it true that at this time Hillary Clinton has no public events scheduled until her first debate against Trump? If so it’s because she’s spending every waking hour at high-dollar fundraisers and working with her team to scrub, like with a cloth or something, every mention of her praising and kissing Robert Byrd from the Internet so her Trump accusations don’t appear so ridiculously hypocritical.

Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

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