July 1, 2013, - 6:20 pm

OUTRAGE: Obama “Justice” Dept Went After Major Retailer for Verifying Employees’ Immigration Status

By Debbie Schlussel

If you shop at Macy’s, the price of everything you buy will go up a bit to cover the latest Obama immigration outrage. Macy’s, unlike many other businesses (see Chipotle a/k/a “Sh-tpotle,” America’s largest illegal alien smuggling ring), went the extra mile to verify that its employees are here legally and eligible to work. But the Obama administration no likee that and went after Macy’s in a federal civil lawsuit filed by the Obama (in)Justice Department, which Macy’s just settled for $275,000 (nuisance money) and a whole lotta legal fees.



Yes, it’s not a lot of money for a major retailer, but only a few immigrant employees were involved and it’s a disturbing harbinger for how the Obama administration will actually “secure” the borders and the interior under amnesty, as in . . . NOT AT ALL. Macy’s won’t be the only employer that is taken to court by the feds for actually trying to comply with immigration-related employment laws. There will be many others. So employers will do the bare minimum, rather than risk it. They will be forced to accept fake IDs at face value. And plenty of illegal aliens will get jobs that should be reserved for Americans.

Macy’s Inc. will pay a civil penalty of $175,000 to settle allegations the department-store operator engaged in unfair documentation practices against immigrant employees who had work authorizations during an eligibility reverification process, according to the Justice Department.

Under the settlement, the retailer agreed to create a $100,000 back-pay fund for individuals who lost wages or seniority as a result of the company’s employment eligibility reverification policies and procedures, which Macy’s agreed to revise. Also as part of the accord, Macy’s employment eligibility verification practices will be subject to monitoring and reporting requirements for two years.

A Macy’s spokesman said the company didn’t have any comment.

According to the Justice Department, Macy’s employs 180,000 people in the U.S. The investigation stemmed from several calls to a worker hotline for potential immigration-related unfair-employment practices. Immigration law prohibits employers from treating workers differently in eligibility or reverification processes by demanding more or different documents, or by limiting the worker’s choice of documents, based on an individual’s immigration status or national origin.

Good luck, America! We’re screwed. Obama’s amnesty at work even before there is legal amnesty.

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25 Responses

This is part of the Cloward–Piven apparatus and perpetual Democrat’s control.

DS_ROCKS! on July 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Forget the usual Piven & Cloward/Saul Alinky’s Playbook cliches straight from Glenn Beck Central. This case is about liberty, rule of law, and American identity, not simply “Democrats.”

    Macy’s in no way broke any law in insisting that all job applicants show they are authorized to work in this country. The I-9 Form, authorized by the 1986 IRCA legislation, mandates this. In other words, the anti-white “civil rights” paladins at the Justice Department, far from upholding the law, were insisting that Macy’s break it. Remarkable.

    Seek on July 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

The role of law in our society is diminishing fast. As you pointed out, we are going the way of Europe. But given the dysfunction that is rapidly increasing in our society, wait a few decades, and then, unfortunately, countries like Egypt and Turkey are likely to be models of what will happen here. When civilization declines, it usually happens gradually, and disdain for laws is a big step in that direction. We’ve already had the crumbling of culture and intellectual standards.

So look at Egypt and just wait…

Little Al on July 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm

What is an unfair documentation practice?

Worry01 on July 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Unfortunately, this has been going on even before this administration and you are just now getting around to reporting on this. Since you are a lawyer, I am guessing you are in business for yourself. That is unless you are wealthy and strictly work pro bono for various causes or work for someone else, then I am surprised you have not encountered an illegal applying for a support position in your firm, administrative support, janitor, guard, maintenance, etc. You see illegals working for the mega firms, or at least work in the building, all of the time. Anyway, years ago, I had an illegal submit an application. I suspected the person was illegal, so I called the powers that be.

I was told by a government hack that under no uncertain terms that I am not an expert in the evaluation of documents; and “If you do scrutinize any applicant’s papers or ID, we will go after you…..”

Since the government has a tendency to ream the small business owner, I knew what I was up against, so did not make any waves.

AR on July 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Funny it doesn’t get written about that much, then isn’t it?

    Little Al on July 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Thanks to white guilt brought on by a half century of indoctrination by baby-boomers (read: former hippies, communist subversives) who have infiltrated almost the entirety of education, media and now government, and along with his chief financial backers, Soros, et al., Obama is completely immune to any questioning of his “rule”, crimes or oppression that he inflicts upon the middle class in America.

DS_ROCKS! on July 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I’m currently reading Thomas Sowell’s ‘The Vision of the Anointed’, a book that he wrote in 1995. Its remarkable how accurate his analysis still is. The basic premise is that the public policies espoused by the “anointed” (political/cultural/media elites) are right and correct simply by virtue of the fact that the anointed believe in them. One of his key points is that we no longer have the rule of law (again, he wrote this in 1995). Laws that the anointed don’t like are simply waived aside and decisions are made simply on the anointed’s position and preferences. It is becoming more and more apparent each and every day that this is the case.

Really, a business being hassled by the Justice Dept. for behaving in accordance with the law. Utterly pathetic and yet absolutely nothing will come of it.

Matt on July 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm

sounds like the blackmail used by the other so-called reverend.

same ilk.

General P. Malaise on July 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm

If someone finds more info on this, please update. This wasn’t for workers with H1 work visas?

Macy’s applied for 47 H1 workers in 2012 with an average salary of $86,206.

I didn’t search long, so maybe there is more out there.

Visteo on July 1, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Tell me why Macy’s needs a single H1 visa immigrant. I thought they were a department store selling over priced rags.

    RDG on July 3, 2013 at 8:32 pm

“Macy’s applied for 47 H1 workers in 2012 with an average salary of $86,206.”

If that’s the case, then why would Macy’s hassle their own H1 hires for more documentation?

DS_ROCKS! on July 2, 2013 at 12:01 am

My take on this Macy situation – from Libertarian/ Objectivist perspective – is that if a Private Entity wishes to hire, fire, serve, purchase, contract with, etc. others, it is not the Government’s business. Competition and one’s ability to start his own business will resolve the situation.

Matt, you’ve hit a home run re Sowell’s “ANOINTED”. FYI…research “Hegelian Dialectic” and learn the THESIS-ANTITHESIS-SYNTHESIS playbook that politicians employ to weave their web of deceit to take your money and freedoms.

Debbie, Macy’s efforts to be above illegalities in hiring just shows that no good deed goes unpunished. The country needs an Atlas Shrugged Day, i.e. all cigarette companies stop production for a month so we can watch tax revenues collapse and politicians squeal. You are right – we are screwed more and more each day.

Dennis on July 2, 2013 at 7:56 am

This is really no different then Obama’s Justice suing banks and extorting settlements from them. Redlining cases have been documented in multiple cities across the nation. I suspect Debbie has written about, I am new to here website so I didn’t see it. One of the largest was against citizens bank here in Michigan. They accused of racist policies in mortgage loans in Wayne county, a county were they have no branches. The settlement was used for weatherization grants for Blacks in Wayne county.

Anthony in MI on July 2, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Read some of the details here:


    Anthony in MI on July 2, 2013 at 9:43 am

    So Anthony, if I read that article correctly, Citizens Bank got in trouble with the Feds because Republic Bank of Ann Arbor did not make loans in areas that were not within their bank market areas. At the time this alleged discrimination occurred, Republic Bank was NOT owned by Citizens Bank, and did not do business in the areas where they supposedly were discriminating. I can certainly understand how a bank can be held responsible for NOT making loans in areas where their customers were not APPLYING for loans. (sarc off). Of course, this is how the whole sub-prime real estate mess first got started, when Jesse Jackson and the other race pimps sued banks for not making loans to black people because they had low income, spotty job histories and bad credit. Audits at these banks showed that people of ALL ethnicities who had good jobs, strong job histories and good credit were getting mortgages. Not good enough.

    We certainly do live in Bizarro world, especially with the Obama/Holder Justice Department. I worked in Human Resources for 30 years. As long as I can remember we have been required BY LAW to verify the immigration status of new employees by checking and copying their identity documents on the first day of work, and for non-citizens, keeping that information up to date on an annual basis. So, now if we COMPLY with the law we can be held LIABLE in a nuisance suit brought by the same government that requires us to comply with the law?

    DG in GA on July 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Does anyone have any details on what Macy’s supposedly did wrong?

Nikki on July 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Despite the widespread public rejection of the left’s racist Affirmative Action policies, our “post-racial” president continues imposing blatantly unfair and unequal policies on every corner of the system that openly discriminate against white people…and he is doing it without Congress, through arbitrary, lawless edicts from on high, and through the vindictive persecution of anyone who stands up for actual equality.

Let’s review (as noted by Investor’s Business Daily):

10) All FDIC-insured banks have now been ordered to develop hiring policies based heavily on race over qualification, and are being openly pushed to offer better lending terms for minorities “to address past discrimination.”

9) HUD is now forcing suburban communities to build more low-income housing and to run ads to attract more poverty-level blacks and Latinos into their neighborhoods.

8) Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now threatening to prosecute lenders for not making enough bad loans to unqualified people and has launched investigations into every major credit reporting agency for “racial bias.”

7) New rules have now been imposed that subject housing lenders to lawsuits if “too many” of their black or Latino customers get rejected for bad credit or criminal backgrounds.

6) The lending industry has now been brow-beaten into opening up banks in terrible neighborhoods and putting aside hundreds of millions of dollars for handouts to future “victims of credit discrimination.”

5) Any bank that turns down any minority student or small business owner for a loan or charges them higher rates for having worse credit or criminal backgrounds is now being strong-armed into lowering their standards.

4) Obama’s Department of Education is now threatening schools with cuts in federal funding if they don’t implement special disciplinary policies for black students that allow them to get away with more misconduct (seriously).

3) Obama’s EEOC and Labor Department have now warned employers and federal contractors to hire more minorities and not to hire people based on whether or not they are convicted felons, because this could discriminate against black people (seriously).

2) Common Core standards are now being drafted that ban ability grouping and fast-tracking for gifted students, because they disproportionately benefit white people, and high schools are being stopped from using exams that “too many” black students cannot pass.

1) The amnesty bill recently approved in the Senate exempts employers from huge health care costs for hiring illegal immigrants who have been rewarded for breaking into our country, while leaving those costs in place for law-abiding citizens, creating a strong incentive to fire Americans and replace them with foreign criminals.

Never mind the fact that these are exactly the kind of PC, race-baiting Democrat policies that destroyed the economy in the first place and propelled Obama into office…just so he could turn around and reinstate them, under the always-hilarious guise of “equality.”Bottom line: Democrats will continue to fight imaginary racism with actual racism and Special Olympics standards for minorities until there is nothing left to steal from the rest of the country, and until white people are second-class citizens entrenched in just as much poverty, dependence and failure as the paranoid bigots and professional victims applauding this insanity.

This is not a “post-racial” president. It is one absolutely blinded with seething bigotry and obsessed with vengeance against white people at every turn… just like the Black Panthers he marched down the street with (and refused to prosecute for armed voter intimidation at the polls), and just like the racist lunatic he sat in the pews of for 20 years.

The book-burning tyrant-worshipers of the left may see Obama as another Martin Luther King or Jesus Christ, but those of us who haven’t completely turned off our brains to celebrate “change” see what is there: another bigoted, fanatical dictator abusing his power, persecuting the innocent, and making everything about race.


Nocturna on July 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    It is funny to see the HUD policy instituted by the communists. When they built Section 8 housing is affluent wealthy suburbs, you should have seen the rich communists go ballistic. They did this in areas where houses have a mean value of 800 (k) and these welfare queens and illegals were paying as little as $7.00 per month. I know this because I had an unlawful detainer served on a defendant for $42.00. You see she failed to pay her rent for six months.

    The lily white rich liberals were shocked to see 14 yr. old illegals aliens pushing a stroller with three kids en route to spend her SNAP ( that is food stamps in California) and WIC at the local Whole Foods.

    AR on July 2, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I am not an Obama apologist, but he can’t win either way. To my surprise, he has deported more people than any other president, almost a half million a year. So he does some thing right. Don’t know why he went after Macy’s though.

colt13 on July 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I’m no rocket surgeon (I don’t know much) – but — I have been asked to provide proof of residency in the form of a Social Security card for every job I can remember starting (I’ve also had to submit to drug testing before getting the job). And, I know for a fact that I got the job I have now because of my spotless criminal check (the first choice to be hired lied about a felony)!

MominMinnesota on July 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Momin Minnesota,

    It sounds like you have common sense and that puts you way ahead of all of the idiots that proclaim that they have all of the smarts, i.e,. college professors, people that routinely post on websites that profess some type of expertise, politicians and liberals that flat out do not care about the systematic destruction of western civilization.

    Your keen observation is what is taking place across the country. It is a Bizarro world in which everything is the our universe is ass backwards. Not only do employers ask for a social security card but they want a government photo ID, passport or military identification card to go with it, they do a 3 credit bureau credit check, a comprehensive criminal background check, then they want to see official transcripts, give a company physical in which they want to know all prescription medications, ( I suppose to deny a job based on a pre-existing medical condition) and then this one employer wanted its candidates to pass a 1-1/2 mile run, do a series of pull ups, push ups and then sit ups.

    The soup de jour is that the only thing the illegals are asked is would they like to be paid in cash or check.

    The one thing that I have noticed from all the soon to be legalized illegals is that they are running around with huge chips on their shoulders being more obnoxious with the illiterate Mexican version of so-called Spanish.

    AR on July 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm

What is the deal with Obama spending one hundred million dollars on a VACATION to SA?!

Tell me Bush did the same thing so its OK…..

whatgives on July 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

“The white man was living in caves while we was building empires….”

-The Reverend Al Sharpton

AR on July 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Al needs to tell us what happened to those empires because I’ve never experienced a successful decent civilization run by any but white people.

    RDG on July 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm

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