Immigration

We believe the answer to the immigration crisis is to reform immigration law in a way that pla­­ces all workers' rights at the forefront. Our nation’s current immigration policies are broken and are a pretext for the exploitation of immigrants in a way that drives the conditions for all workers downward.

Yet Congress has not had the political will to enact comprehensive immigration reform, spending billions of taxpayer dollars on border walls and ineffective enforcement-only policies. Even though the federal government increased enforcement spending from $1 billion to $15 billion between 1990 and 2009, the number of undocumented immigrants entering the country increased from 3 million to almost 12 million. A policy without regard to violations of workplace laws has enabled employers to exploit workers and retaliate against them when they join with other workers to assert their rights.

The majority of the American public supports comprehensive immigration reform, reform that reaffirms the understanding that throughout the history of our country, immigrants have played a vital role in building our nation and its economy.

Click here to read the Long Island labor movement's resolution on immigration reform and check out our latest op-ed on the subject, "All Workers Need Immigration Reform."

 

DREAM Act: Questions and Answers

Congress needs to move forward on the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act would provide undocumented youth a pathway to legal residency through higher education or service in the military. Many of these young people know no other home outside the United States but because of our nation's broken immigration system, they often have no way to adjust their status. Read the Long Island Job With Justice's DREAM Act fact sheet to learn more.

 

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Immigrants: job creators

Attempts to blame immigrants for the current economic mess corporate America created are misguided. Learn about how Immigrants make positive contributions to Long Island communities and the economy overall.

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What is E-Verify and why is it the wrong approach?

Attempts to implement E-Verify lead to divisive politics and the profiling of all immigrants.

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Immigrant worker rights in theory and practice

Under federal law all workers regardless of immigration status have the right to organize yet 52% of employers threaten to call US Citizenship and Immigration Services during organizing drives that include undocumented employees.

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Guestworker Programs: Another Corporate Loophole

See how guestworker programs are abused and why they need to be reformed, not expanded.

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For more information on our work on this subject, please contact our staff directory.