SpaceX, which is owned by Elon Musk, is said to have sued the U.S. government, saying that the government’s case against the company for not hiring refugees and asylum seekers goes against the U.S. Constitution.
SpaceX claims in a complaint submitted this week to a federal court in Texas that the administrative judges of the U.S. Department of Justice who usually handle cases involving discrimination against immigrants by employees are not suitably chosen. Reuters reports that the company also says that keeping the case out of court violates the company’s constitutional right to a jury hearing.
Late in August, the DOJ filed a lawsuit saying that from 2018 to 2022, SpaceX didn’t hire anyone who wasn’t a U.S. citizen or had a green card. The government body also said that Musk’s space company lied when it said that it couldn’t hire foreigners because of export control rules.
But Musk replied that the U.S. government was basically being used as a tool for political reasons.
When asked why he didn’t hire folks outside of the company, Musk said, “I suppose people are a little bit confused regarding this. We can’t do anything about this, though.”
“Working on rockets is an advanced military science. Therefore, unless you have specific authorization from the secretaries of state or defense, even a regular work visa is insufficient,” he continued.
“The policy in question is not prudent for the United States, since there are many skilled individuals worldwide who our organization would like to join our workforce. However, we are legally unable to hire anyone until they obtain a green card.”
Reuters reported that SpaceX has employed hundreds of non-citizens, but the corporation also argued in its complaint that a number of the projects it is currently working on have consequences for national security. So, the company might have to pay a lot of money in fines for hiring people who aren’t from the U.S.
SpaceX proceeded to assert that the Constitution would not permit the administrative case. Therefore, depending on how the litigation turned out, SpaceX said it would seek the court to stop the administrative matter from proceeding.
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