Shockingly inhumane: 20 y.o. recent quadriplegic deported

This is sickening.  A young man comes to America for a better life.  Like both sets of my grandparents.  Quelino Ojeda Jimenez does not have the correct “piece of paper” to make him a legal immigrant.  Our good old American Capitalism uses him for cheap labor.  Sends him to work on top of a roof.  Apparently does not give him safety equipment. 

He falls off backwards while doing his job.  Becomes a quadriplegic.  Unable to move, speak or breathe on his own.  After he is stabilized in the hospital, they deport him back to Mexico.  To a hospital “so resource-poor that it is reusing filters for the breathing machine needed to keep him alive.”  See photos.

This is a grotesque miscarriage of justice.  It is morally offensive

In America, workers give up their right to sue in exchange for being entitled to worker’s compensation.  This is a no-fault system.  In this case, the young man worked for a subcontractor.  So he could not sue the contractor.  But the general contractor was not his employer.  In Washington State the general contractor could be sued under a law known as Stute.

This case is causing an uproar.  Hopefully someone will be able to reverse this wrong.

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