Eric Cortellessa

Eric Cortellessa is The Times of Israel’s Washington correspondent, where he covers American politics and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. 

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How Trump Made Wage Theft Routine

Undocumented immigrant workers now fear reporting their victimization to the authorities.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh
AP Photo/Susan Walsh Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly wait to make a statements at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington. E nrique is a farmworker in California. He has a wife and two sons living in Mexico who depend on the money he sends them. For parts of the year—from May to November—he goes north to Washington to pick apples and cherries. Sometimes, he says, he isn’t paid for all the work he does. On one such occasion, he and his coworkers wanted to complain. Stiffing employees, after all, is a federal crime. But it’s not so simple. Enrique is worried that reporting the crime could backfire against him by exposing his immigration status. “When we get paid—sometimes we get paid and sometimes we don’t—we notice that there are hours missing, and we just fear saying anything, because we’ve been told repeatedly that if we say anything, they are going to call immigration on us,” he says. Enrique, 49, has heard this all...