Friday, May 26, 2006

Immigrant Worker Fatalities Lead To Deportation?

I don't even know where to start with this one.

An immigrant worker was killed seriously injured last in Middletown, Connecticut Monday after falling off a roof. He had no fall protection, even though OSHA requires guard rails and harnesses when working more than six feet off the ground.

Now it gets weird. First, "the man's co-workers, also described as Hispanic males, tried to provide first aid." Thirty minutes after he fell, neighbors called 911.

Do we think the thirty minute delay in calling an ambulance had anything to do with the Hispanic co-workers' fear of being snatched up by immigration authorities?

Nah, that would never happen. Or?
Some of the males working at the site ran when police arrived.

"Three of the individuals ran into the woods to avoid detection," said [Middletown Police Department spokeswoman, Lt. Peggy] Liseo.

Liseo said federal immigration authorities were called when the workers did not produce identification.

The federal authorities, who could not be reached for comment, took the men into custody.