A lawsuit by several states filed in Brownsville, Texas, to stop the President’s executive action to delay deportation of certain undocumented workers, resulted in a temporary injunction from Judge Andrew S. Hanen to stop implementation of the policy.
Orly Taitz almost certainly lacks standing to bring the immigration lawsuit she has pending before the same judge, and Judge Hanen has not granted the many motions from Taitz. Nevertheless, her lawsuit was first, and it deals with immigration and she wants some recognition. So let’s connect suppositions: Taitz filed a lawsuit on a topic. Someone else also did too. An injunction was issued in the second case. Fewer undocumented workers reduces the labor pool, and supposedly drives up labor costs. Walmart increased pay for workers. Therefore, Taitz filing the suit resulted in increased pay for Walmart associates.
To start with, let me insert the quote of the day for today:
“[v]ital facts . . . may not be established by piling inference upon inference. Some suspicion linked to other suspicion produces only more suspicion, which is not the same as some evidence.” Davis-Lynch, Inc., 667 F.3d at 553 (internal quotations omitted).
But let’s look at the details:
- The states’ lawsuit would have been filed whether Taitz was in the picture or not.
- It is true that Walmart announced the pay increase a mere 3 days after the Hanen injunction; however. it would be difficult to believe that Walmart would take such an action so quickly, nor is there any reason to think that it would react so strongly to a temporary injunction that may well be overturned. There is no reason for Walmart to act hastily.
- We might as well attribute the Walmart pay increase to Obama’s economic policies. It might also be related to protests in over 5,000 Walmart stores by associates demanding better pay and working conditions.
Fun Walmart fact:
The Waltons, owners of Walmart, are worth $150 billion, which is more than the wealth of the entire bottom 40% of Americans.
Personally, I switched from Sam’s Club to Costco a couple of years ago because they pay their workers better.