ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's top court says an undocumented immigrant injured while working as a printer properly received basic workers' compensation, but he isn't eligible for additional payments because of his legal status.
The Court of Appeals notes Ronnie Ramroop got temporary disability benefits for five years after a printing press crushed four of his fingers, which was consistent with the court's 2006 ruling in another case.
But the judges say that under the law, additional compensation for impairment of earning capacity must be due solely to the injury. Ramroop's status as an undocumented immigrant, not legally employable in the U.S. and ineligible for a state vocational rehabilitation program, represents a different obstacle to getting work.
This guy got tax money for 5 years despite not being here legally? Nice racket.