Oblate Priest Speaks up for Underpaid Immigrant Workers
October 31st, 2011
A new law in Texas (Senate bill 1024) has tried to crack down on wage theft, a serious problem for undocumented workers. The legislation closed a loophole that allowed employers to escape prosecution if they had paid employees only a portion of the wages owed. Fr. Kevin Collins, OMI supports the law, saying that many of the underpaid workers are undocumented immigrants who may not feel brave enough to pursue charges. The new law, if enforced, well will help millions of underpaid workers.
Fr. Collins, OMI, a pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in Houston, Texas, serves as a co-director of the Metropolitan Organization, an interfaith social justice nonprofit group in Houston. Wage theft is a serious concern for the group.