Undocumented workers

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STATE OF OHIO

House Republicans are taking another shot at denying workers’ compensation for undocumented immigrants, and the fight now goes to the Senate.

Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says excluding undocumented immigrants from receiving workers’ compensation is just another step to bring uniformity among benefit policies for those who are in the country illegally.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Senate is now considering a proposal that would ban undocumented workers from receiving workers’ compensation if they’re injured on the job.

The measure passed the House but not without a heated debate between two fiery lawmakers.

Democratic Repr. Dan Ramos of Lorain argued that stripping workers’ comp benefits from undocumented workers would encourage bad-employer practices.

Propublica
PROPUBLICA

Stories in this week’s New Yorker from ProPublica, the non-profit investigative journalism group, raise questions about whether a northeast Ohio  poultry company  has racked up one of the worst safety records in the industry, in part by recruiting undocumented immigrants.  I spoke with the writer, Michael Grabell, about Case Farms.