I think that CODE 8 is being too clever by half here.
It’s the same problem that I had when they did that weird Fae Steampunk series: why are these people being oppressed? If you’ve got 4% of the population with superpowers, that’s, like, a goram lot of people. Twelve million in the USA alone. People who can vote, and do, you know, superpowered favors for other people, and even if they don’t they’re easily enough to thoroughly stymie law enforcement across the country, inefficient combat androids or not.
I’m sorry, but it’s simply a truth that if you can solder pipes with your hands or throw around cinderblocks, you’re not going to be working off the books on construction sites. That’s just a dumb thing to do and a lot of people will have a vested interest in changing that, because it leaves money on the table. We’re gonna need to see what else is keeping these supers working illegally.