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Latino Advocacy Group Investigates Immigrant 'Dumping' by U.S. Employers

NOGALES, Mexico, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Consejo de Latinos Unidos, a U.S. not-for-profit organization and public charity which educates and assists Latinos and others, and government officials of the Mexican State of Sonora disclosed at a news conference today the launch of an international investigative study focusing on immigrant "dumping" which began on October 1st.

Immigrant "dumping" is the practice of U.S. employers and others who simply deport illegal immigrants who were injured or killed on the job or involved in an automobile accident as a means to avoid insurance and compensation claims.

K.B. Forbes, Executive Director of the Consejo, said, "We have now documented cases in which U.S. employers simply washed their hands after an employee was injured or killed on the job. The employer treated the illegal immigrant worse than a stray dog. This conduct is reprehensible and deplorable and we are going to document and investigate each and every case."

The Consejo has set up toll-free hotlines in Mexico and the United States and encourages immigrants and their relatives to call. All cases will be treated confidentially and will be included in a report to be issued in the summer of 2008 in Washington, D.C.

In September, the Consejo signed an International Agreement with the Mexican State of Sonora's International Immigrant Assistance Agency known in Spanish as the "Direccion General de Atencion a Migrantes Internacionales," which co-hosted the news conference and whose General Director, Enrique Flores Lopez, outlined some of the cases uncovered in recent weeks.

In recent weeks, the Consejo donated humanitarian aid, including food and water, to the Mexican relief agency, which helps immigrants that have been deported back to Mexico from the U.S. The Consejo has published ten investigative reports on hospital price gouging, religious fraud, police abuse, and pharmaceutical deception, and has helped spur at least three U.S. Congressional investigations and hearings. Consejo's work against hospital fraud was profiled last year on CBS' 60 Minutes.

Immigrants and their relatives are encouraged to call the Consejo in the U.S. at 1-800-474-7576 or in Mexico at 01 800 823-6416.

SOURCE Consejo de Latinos Unidos
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