Organized Labor Report Lays Groundwork for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Washington, DCThe AFL-CIO, American Rights at Work and the

National Employment Law Project released a report on how harsh immigration enforcement has “severely

interfered with the protection of workers’ rights, to the detriment of

immigrant and native-born workers alike.” The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the

National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, non-profit pro-immigrant advocacy

organization in Washington. 

Our deficient immigration system has

created an uneven playing field that allows unscrupulous employers to exploit

and intimidate immigrant workers and which undermines labor protections and

wages, thus eroding workplace conditions for every worker.  

Today’s report raises the voices of

organized labor – the authentic voice of working class Americans – and their

support for robust regulation of labor laws and enforceable immigration laws.

The labor movement realizes, as immigration reform advocates do, that improved

wage and hour enforcement helps good employers and workers alike. 

As long as we have 5.4% of the

American workforce outside of the system and not protected by basic labor laws,

good employers and American workers will continue to be out-hustled by

unscrupulous employers that take advantage of our broken immigration


We need comprehensive reform of our

immigration system to ensure a legal workforce, protect all workers and restore

fairness to the labor market.



Study Finds Enforcement Has Undermined Workers’ Rights

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