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Dominique Archambeau Mr. Newman English 101: Rhetoric 15 September 2013 Statement of Scope for the Annotated Bibliography Freedom and prosperity; the American Dream burns brighter in immigrants than anyone else. In Working in the Shadows, Gabriel Thompson experiences the hardships and discrimination that migrant workers face in and out of the workplace. The medical staff is supposed to aid injured workers, yet they deny these immigrants coverage and force them to continue working with serious injuries. These immigrants work to provide not only for their families, but also to American people; yet Americans refuse to do the same in return. Although working in the land of the free, immigrants face inequality and injustice while in the care of in-house medical staffing; as they turn to medical aid for compensation, these workers are only viewed as broken, unworthy statistics instead of diligent individuals. This essay will explore the discrimination immigrants face as they seek compensation for their injuries. People typically receive workers comp when they get injured on the job, but immigrants are told to get back to work. I will cover the working situations and the injuries that regularly occur. Likewise, I will discuss the inequality of immigrants, regardless of their legality, compared to other American citizens and examine reasons for their presumed insignificance. Lastly, I will examine the role of medical staffing and give examples of how they deny migrant workers of compensation, as opposed to similar medical staffing that allow American citizens to receive disability pay. This selected bibliography includes sources that examine minority discrimination, employer lawsuits, dangerous workplace conditions, and changes in health insurance policies. The Siegel, Shin, and Regenstein article discusses modifications to the safety net and how that greatly impacts illegal aliens. Both anonymous articles and the Brigham and Bencivenga article address cases of aliens receiving workers comp benefits after fighting for their rights; I can use this to further explain how needed healthcare is not simply given to immigrants. The Yohay and Peppe article acknowledge the rising popularity of unnecessary employer lawsuits after injured employees neglected to read the fine print in their contracts about potential hazards. In harmony, these sources supply knowledge on several aspects of racial and social discrimination in workers comp towards immigrants along with the rising popularity of the topic among American citizens.

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Annotated Bibliography Anonymous. "Illegal Alien Gets Workers'-Comp Benefits." American Mechanist 1 Dec. 2004: n. pag. elibrary. Web. 14 Sept. 2013. This article examines a case of an illegal immigrant who was denied from workers'-comp benefits after injured on the job. Although Ghassan Rajeh obtained his United States citizenship in 1981, he was denied healthcare in 1991 because the law stated that he was no longer a qualified alien; therefore, he did not have access to any additional insurance or benefits. However, in 1996, court reasoned that companies that don't allow illegal aliens to recover from work injuries actually encourage the labor of illegals and inevitably create an unsafe environment. - - -. "Making Sure U.S. Companies Hire Only Legal Workers." Wall Street Journal 16 Feb. 2013: n. pag. elibrary. Web. 14 Sept. 2013. This source explores the discrimination of the work force; that even health benefits and insurance are only allowable for legal U.S. citizens. Workman comp is not available for migrant workers and a lot of U.S. companies are turning down minorities from a job. However, Laura W. Murphy and Fred L. Smith, Jr. argue that 7 million illegal immigrants should be allowed to keep their American jobs, and that Congress should legalize over 1 million new citizens into the country each year, so unemployed and underemployed Americans can have equal job opportunities. Brigham, Martin K., and Daniel Bencivenga. "How Do You Spell Relief?" Trial 1 June 2002: n. pag. elibrary. Web. 14 Sept. 2013. Brigham and Bencivenga analyze a lawyer's process to solve a work injury trial, which determines how much money an injured client can receive. The authors recall stories of devoted employees being fired from their job because they were unable to work due to their work injury. Brigham and Bencivenga

Archambeau 3 theorize that employers simply don't care about their employees' health or safety, regardless of their ethnicity or legal status. Siegel, Bruce, Marsha Regenstein, and Peter Shin. "Health Reform and the Safety Net: Big Opportunities; Major Risks." Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 1 Oct. 2004: n. pag. elibrary. Web. 14 Sept. 2013. In this article, the authors discuss the safety net and American plans to change the need for it, regardless of the crucial role it plays in the lives of migrant workers and illegal immigrants. Of all the Community Health Centers as of 2002, over 708,000 patients are migrant workers and two-thirds are racial minorities. In short, the safety net can no longer meet the commitments that it promised at its origin; the costs are becoming higher and it costs too much to take care of the poor, therefore, implying that healthcare is unequal, the authors indicate that expanded healthcare is disadvantageous towards specific minority groups and migrant workers. Yohay, Stephen C., and Melissa L. Peppe. "Workplace Violence: Employer Responsibilities and Liabilities." Occupational Hazards 1 July 1996: n. pag. elibrary. Web. 14 Sept. 2013. This source considers the increasing recognition of workplace injuries in the United States, along with the lack of practical solutions to the incline of danger and employer lawsuits. OSHA indicates that workplace danger includes work-related assaults and work-related accidents, and points out that many workplaces notify the employee of potential hazards prior to the actual employment. Despite the given information, many injured employees demand the compensation that they don't qualify for, thus leading to unnecessary lawsuits that yearn for recognition.