H-2B Workers Robbed Returning Home

Two migrant workers were recently robbed at gunpoint and shot while traveling home to Mexico through Atlanta, Ga. One of the men was shot eight times and the other three times. Both men were legal, work-authorized aliens in this country holding H-2B visas, employed by the Landscape Management Company owned by Charles “Chip” Morris.

Like many employers in service industries, Landscape Management advertised and recruited for their job opportunities, but local American workers did not take them. Only after being certified by their state and U.S. Department of Labor are employers eligible to bring in foreign labor—and then only on a temporary seasonal basis.

“Because both men are members of the Federation of Employers and Workers of America (FEWA), association staff attorney Dean Ngo will prepare all the necessary forms to extend the two men’s stay in the United States while they are recovering from their attack,” said FEWA president Scott Evans.

In addition, the FEWA Worker Relief Fund has already agreed to cover the cost of the filing fees for their request to extend their stay. The fund has also sent $500 for each worker, and authorized up to $2,000 per worker, if needed.

“Both men are expected to survive their brutal attack and, thanks to our Worker Relief Fund, they will not go home empty-handed. But this story is a clear signal that migrant workers are being targeted because they are known to travel with substantial sums of money they have saved after months of employment. Under the circumstances, FEWA encourages not only our members but all migrant workers to invest in traveler’s checks or wire their money home before returning,” Evans added.

FEWA is an internationally recognized non-profit trade association created to assist employers and workers in service industries by providing educational and informational services related to cultural, non-immigrant and immigrant labor management issues.

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