Are Injured Illegal Alien Workers Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Mississippi?

Right or wrong, many Mississippi companies hire immigrant workers who do not have legal citizenship or green card rights to be here. What happens when an illegal alien worker is injured on the job?  In Mississippi, injured alien workers are covered by workers’ compensation and should receive the same benefits and treatment that resident workers receive.  Mississippi law states, “[c]ompensation under this chapter to aliens not residents of the United States or Canada shall be in the same amount as provided for residents… “ Miss. Code Ann. Sec. 71-3-27.

You may ask why this is so.  My opinion is that if an employer is willing to break the law and hire an illegal immigrant they should not be able to escape liability to pay workers’ compensation benefits.


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