It is far too easy for bad employers to exploit immigrant workers and use their immigration status as a weapon to prevent them from speaking out about the abuse. When employers call immigration to retaliate against workers, they have our broken immigration system on their side, and can simply deport their ‘problem’ away.
POWER: Protect Our Workers from Exploitation & Retaliation
The POWER campaign is advancing legislative and policy solutions to ensure that workers who try to exercise their basic civil and labor rights are protected from retaliation and exploitation.
Too often, when workers attempt to organize to combat exploitation, employers use immigration enforcement as a weapon to squash organizing efforts and trump labor law. Immigrant workers who are under the constant threat of deportation are forced to accept diminished working conditions. This, in turn, undermines wages and working conditions for all workers. All workers stand to lose when immigrant workers are exploited, as wages and conditions are dragged down across the board.
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