Thursday, December 22, 2005

More comments on last week's Supreme Court decision in Ortiz v Cement Products; what do you do with injured illegals who probably are unemployable now due to their injuries Worker Comp Insider While denying voc rehab to illegals is the legal result, what will happen to them here? It does not appear returning to their home countries is a practical result .
the Nebraska (Ortiz) case highlights the dramatic contradictions that arise when the door is only half open. Most injured employees can collaborate with their doctors and their employers to achieve the mutually satisfying goal of returning to productive employment. The careers of illegal workers, by contrast, come to an abrupt halt as soon as comp claims are filed. Illegal immigrants are confronted with a very difficult choice: trying to prolong their disabilities as their only legitimate source of income, or disappearing into the underground economy.

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