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Undocumented Workers and Iowa Workers’ Compensation Eligibility

Posted on Thursday, November 27th, 2008 at 11:12 am    

The recent raid by federal agents at the Swift & Co. meat packing plant in Marshalltown, Iowa and the subsequent arrests has once again renewed debate on what the appropriate immigration policy should be for this state and country. The main issue whenever politicians discuss immigration policy is how to control the legal flow of immigrants into this country. Often overlooked is the important issue of how to manage the thousands of undocumented workers already present in the country.


Iowa workers’ compensation law does not contain any express language that would appear to exclude undocumented workers from receiving workers’ compensation benefits. A recent article from McClatchy newspapers shows that “in at least 20 states, [employers] arguing that their employees shouldn’t receive injury benefits because they’re illegal immigrants, have fought and lost in courts and review boards.”Read the full McClatchy article to get a full perspective on the momentum for workers’ compensation benefits for undocumented workers.

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