There's a new sheriff in town.
The Department of Justice announced Thursday it has filed a lawsuit against a Colorado corporation for allegedly discriminating against U.S. workers.
The complaint alleges that in 2016, Crop Production discriminated against at least three United States citizens by refusing to employ them as seasonal technicians in El Campo, Texas, because Crop Production preferred to hire temporary foreign workers under the H-2A visa program.
“In the spirit of President Trump’s Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American, the Department of Justice will not tolerate employers who discriminate against U.S. workers because of a desire to hire temporary foreign visa holders,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “… Where there is a job available, U.S. workers should have a chance at it before we bring in workers from abroad.”
This is the first complaint filed stemming from the “Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative,” which was launched on March 1.
A Civil Rights Division official told Fox News that since the initiative’s launch, the division has opened 29 investigations of “potential discrimination against U.S. workers based on a hiring preference for foreign visa workers.”
This is a good start to a much bigger problem. Notice is being served.
Under Obama, the DOJ was used as a weapon to enforce the left's political and social agendas. Now it's being used to protect Americans.
One of Trump's winning messages was that American workers were being deliberately displaced in favor of cheaper labor by businesses ranging from Disney to Silicon Valley to agribusiness. It was a topic that no Republic or Democrat mainstream candidate wanted to touch. But, as usual, it's a question of enforcement. And Sessions is signaling that enforcement will begin.
Enforcement usually starts small and narrowly targeted. Before you take on a megacorp like Disney which can buy and sell half the lawyers in America, and which has enormous cultural and political power, you work your way up with easier victories. You establish that this is how it works. Which, sadly, is no longer meaningful these days even when the laws are firmly on the books. You set up a string of wins.
And the message is being sent.