Fixing a Broken Immigration System

A broken immigration system is pushing undocumented workers into the shadows, leaving workers vulnerable to violations of their workplace rights, forcing them to accept lower pay, and creating guest worker programs in which the employers can have workers deported for speaking out for better conditions.

a. Dignity Campaign

The Dignity Campaign creates a vision of progressive immigration reform. We are part of a national network of immigrant rights organizations that are building a grassroots movement that is demanding immigration reform that provides full legalization, family reunification, an end to employer sanctions and other workplace enforcement, an end to the militarization of the border, and an end to guest worker programs. (Read more)

b. Justice for Janitors Campaign

Immigration policies have created a dueling universe of union janitorial companies with decent wages and benefits and an alternative universe of bottom-feeding companies that steal wages, do not allow breaks and engage in sexual harassment to keep women in their place. We are working with Janitors Local 87 to bring to justice Preferred Building Services, a non-union janitorial company that abuses and super-exploits immigrant workers, while telling them that they are lucky to have a job. (Read more)

c. Promoting the Solidarity Economy

Promoting the solidarity economy as an alternative to abuse and exploitation. We are assisting janitors in forming a worker –owned cooperative with a union contract. As co-owners of the business, they would be shielded from the abusive practices of an employer exploiting their immigration status. (Read more)

d. Stop the Raids and Focus Instead on U.S. Policy towards Central America

The following is a statement released by a coalition of U.S. and Central American Groups Working on Human Rights, Immigrant Rights, Women’s Rights, U.S. Foreign Policy and Latin America Solidarity. (Read more)