One year ago, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration reform. The president used his executive authority only after House Republicans blocked consideration of a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system. Unfortunately politically motivated legal obstructionism has held up important elements of the president’s actions. The… Read More»

Teriyaki House employees, along with JWJ Senior Policy Analyst Michael Wasser, tell their story on Capitol Hill and present the case for the POWER act.

Vicente, Pedro and their co-workers at Teriyaki House in Providence, Rhode Island, worked grueling shifts, often spending more than 72 hours per week in the restaurant’s kitchen. They say their boss only permitted them to take a single 15-minute meal break each day. And when payday rolled around, forget overtime,… Read More»

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This week, leaders from Jobs With Justice will join 100 immigrant women as they walk 100 miles from Pennsylvania’s York County Detention Center, a site of human suffering, to Washington, D.C., where they will ask Pope Francis to carry his message of human dignity for migrants to the politicians he… Read More»


In places like southern California and central Florida, there’s likely been an uptick in kitchen table conversations about a very non-kitchen-table-talk topic: the H-1B visa, which is intended for employers to use for hiring foreign workers in higher skilled jobs on a temporary basis when U.S. workers are not available.… Read More»

Years of organizing, mobilizing and courageous actions by immigrants and their allies have finally given way to relief for millions of our friends and neighbors through the president’s historic executive action on immigration. While the relief is limited and temporary, it should be recognized as important progress toward fixing our… Read More»

CONTACT: Liz Cattaneo or 202-393-1044 x104 Washington, D.C. – “We applaud the president’s announcement that he will use his legal authority to begin to fix our broken immigration system and improve the lives of millions of our friends and neighbors. While his action is limited and temporary, it’s long… Read More»

To shed new light on how extensively U.S. guestworker programs are used, Jobs With Justice Education Fund along with the Economic Policy Institute, launched the first iteration of today. This resource offers new state-by-state analysis of how employers use nonimmigrant employment visa programs – commonly referred to as “guestworker”… Read More»

After years of pressure on policymakers to fix the broken immigration system, families and communities finally have hope for some needed relief. President Obama has promised to use his executive authority to grant immigrants relief and to reform harmful enforcement procedures. However, the question remains whether it will go far… Read More»

153 groups urge Department of Homeland Security not to interfere with workers’ rights CONTACT: Adela de la Torre,, 213-400-7822 Ori Korin,, 202-393-1044 x126 WASHINGTON — In a letter sent to the Obama administration, a broad coalition of 153 civil rights, faith-based, and labor groups urged that any executive… Read More»

CONTACT: Ori Korin or 202-393-1044 x126 Washington, D.C. – In response to the huge numbers of child refugees fleeing from harm in their home countries seeking refuge and protection in the United States, Jobs With Justice issued the following statement: “Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have arrived at… Read More»