06 Sep Immigration law should raise pay

In another day of protests, a loud crowd rallied in front of the White House against President Donald Trump's decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects nearly 800,000 tax-paying and law-abiding immigrants who came to the United States as children. The AFL-CIO supports DACA because it empowers all working people and because the program raises pay. "When you target the DREAMers and those with Temporary Protected Status to take away freedom and security, we are all under attack, and we will all fight back," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Message of the Day - Immigration Law Should Raise Pay Immigration policy should raise wages and reduce exploitation by expanding rights and protections to all workers, not by terrorizing law-abiding people. The DACA program proves the power of this approach because the average hourly pay of its nearly 800,000 recipients rose by an astounding 69%, which increased tax revenue and raised standards for all working people. The bad decision to end DACA will lead to 30,000 people losing their jobs each month, and the loss of $400 billion from the U.S. gross domestic product. The decision to take freedom and security from some 800,000 people will increase the pool of vulnerable workers in our country and embolden bad employers to retaliate against working men and women who try to organize on the job or speak out against abusive or dangerous working conditions. Kitchen Table Economics 100%: That's how many of the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients are law-abiding, with no criminal record at all. Take Action Support freedom for immigrants!         Source: Labor Wire...

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Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA chant slogans and hold signs while joining a Labor Day rally in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. President Donald Trump is expected to announce this week that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but with a six-month delay, according to two people familiar with the decision-making. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

05 Sep Immigrants belong in unions

Today, President Donald Trump moved to take away work authorization from nearly 800,000 young immigrants and to terminate DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program put in place to protect immigrants who came to the United States as children. The AFL-CIO opposes the move. "The labor movement will stand with these brave young workers and fight for legislation so the contributions they make are celebrated, not assaulted," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Message of the Day -  Immigrants Belong in Unions America's labor movement is a natural home for new immigrants who wish to work hard for economic security and social justice. The AFL-CIO is united in a powerful movement to build an immigration system that represents the needs and interests of all working people. We can stop the race to the bottom in wages and standards by standing together, all of us, regardless of what we look like, who we love, how we worship or where we were born. Every person who needs a paycheck to live suffers when millions of people who are American in every way but on paper live and work in fear of arrest and deportation. Real immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship is a critical piece of our working family agenda to raise pay, lift labor standards and empower workers. Kitchen Table Economics More than 1,800: That's how many governors, attorneys general, mayors, state representatives, judges, police chiefs and other leaders have signed on to a letter supporting “dreamers” and DACA recipients. Take Action Add your name to protect immigrants at work!           Source: Labor Wire...

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12 Nov Immigrants gripped by deportation fears with Trump election

Immigrants gripped by deportation fears with Trump election By ASTRID GALVAN and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES PHOENIX (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump launched his candidacy on an anti-immigrant sentiment and has vowed to repeal a key Obama administration program that shields hundreds of thousands of people from deportation. Now, many immigrants in the country illegally, or with relatives who are, fear deportation and separation from their families. In immigrant-heavy areas like Los Angeles and Phoenix, activists are scrambling to provide informational meetings for immigrants to help them protect themselves from deportation. Others want legal immigrants to apply for citizenship so they can eventually obtain legal status for relatives. "The more we can naturalize people and stabilize our families and root our communities the better," said Julio Perez, executive director of California's Orange County Labor Federation, which is sponsoring naturalization events in response to the election. Here are stories from some immigrants who fear what a Trump presidency could bring. WORKING NOW BUT FEARING DEPORTATION Thirty-two-year-old Karina Ruiz is one of 741,000 immigrants benefiting from the program launched by President Barack Obama called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. It allows young adults to get work permits, social security numbers and protects them from deportation. The Phoenix mother of three says deferred action allowed her to work and graduate with a biochemistry degree from Arizona State University in 2015. She hopes to be a pharmacist one day. But Trump has promised to end DACA, and Ruiz fears she could be sent to Mexico and separated from her U.S.-born children. "I'm not giving up DACA so easily, not going down without a fight," Ruiz said. WORRIED PARENTS WILL BE SENT TO MEXICO Michael Nazario, a 27-year-old community activist from Phoenix, is shielded by DACA and married to an American citizen, which should allow him to get permanent residency soon. He came to the U.S. with his parents illegally when he was three and didn't find out about his legal status until he tried to enlist in the Marine Corps and could not do so without a social security card. All four of Nazario's siblings were born in the U.S. and his parents would probably have been eligible to stay under an expansion of Obama's DACA program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. But the program was challenged in court and never went into effect. Trump also opposes it. Nazario said a grassroots effort to make sure the program stays in place is now necessary to ensure his parents can stay in Phoenix. "I feel bothered by this election but it only inspires me to just keep going forward because what's at stake is not only my deferred action but my family as well, my father, my mother and the 11 million immigrants all across the country," Nazario said. ASPIRING LAWYER FEARS DEPORTATION TO SOUTH KOREA Matt Lee's parents brought him on a tourist visa to Southern California from South Korea when he was 13. Now 25, he has a college biology degree and wants to attend law school so he can become a patent lawyer. He was among the first to apply for the DACA program and now works legally, helping other South Koreans fill out immigration forms. But his dreams of becoming a lawyer are clouded by Trump's vow to get rid of DACA. Other young immigrants have told him they fear they will be tracked down for deportation because the federal government has their names and addresses, courtesy of their DACA applications. One mother said she is pulling her daughter out of a study abroad program in China to get the daughter back into the U.S. before Trump takes office, Lee said. "People are not sure if Trump will definitely carry out what he said because it is a crazy idea," he said. "Now the crazy idea of him being elected — that happened. Nothing is certain." NO GREEN CARD WITHOUT A RETURN TO MEXICO Dora Rodriguez has lived in the U.S. illegally for 27 years but has still managed to raise her two U.S.-born children and work at a money transfer business in Santa Ana, California. More than 75 percent of the city's residents are Latino, and nearly half of them were born abroad. Rodriguez said her daughter is now an adult, and could sponsor Rodriguez for permanent residency. But Rodriguez, in her 40s, would have to return to Mexico to apply and risk staying there for years to get her papers, leaving behind her teenage son in the U.S. She remembers anti-immigration sentiment in the 1990s in California but that didn't get her deported. She said she doubted much would end up changing under a Trump presidency. "When (former California Governor) Pete Wilson was here, I heard the same ...

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