The case of Edgar Velázquez and Billy G’s Tree Care

May 25th, 2007 by Julie Ferguson

We are making a few guest posts at Working Immigrants while Peter Rousmaniere is traveling. Today’s post – Edgar Velázquez: Maimed at work, then deported – involves workers compensation (and the lack of it) in the case of an undocumented worker who was severely injured by a chainsaw while working for a Rhode Island company, Billy G’s Tree Care. To add insult to injury, literally, when Velázquez showed up at court for his workers compensation hearing, he was met by immigration officers who arrested him and sped him back to Mexico. His employer denies having made the call to immigration authorities. In fact, his employer denies any knowledge of Velázquez entirely. This is just the broad brush outline – it’s a disturbing case and the reporting from The Providence Journal is worth reading.