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American Apparel Fires 1,500 -- 'Desk Raids' Under Fire

La Opinin, Posted: Oct 01, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Mireya Navarro, a 29-year-old mother living in South Central Los Angeles, was one of the 1,500 people who lost their jobs at American Apparel in what some activists are calling "desk raids," a new policy to audit employers' I-9 forms and, under threat of fines, force companies to lay off hundreds of suspected undocumented immigrants. Peter Schey, a lawyer for American Apparel and a well-known advocate of immigrant rights, said he did not believe the government's tactic would have any positive effect on resolving the dilemma of illegal immigration. "Most of these workers will not find a job similar to the one they had. Maybe if they are lucky, they'll find work in a maquiladora, without benefits or rights, and work for companies that don't care about labor laws in this country," Schey said.


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