Immigrant Day Laborers to Prepare for 2020 Census at Graduation Ceremony

STATEN ISLAND, New York.- This Tuesday, almost 100 immigrant day laborers will be celebrating their graduation to culminate the completion of a 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training. In New York City, workers must comply with a mandatory safety training. 

Day laborers play a fundamental role in the construction, development and growth of New York City, at times with no safety or wage protections. There are currently between 8,000 to 10,000 day laborers in New York City, according to the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. Many of them are recently arrived immigrants, are undocumented and speak very little English. 
 
 At the graduation, day laborers will be learning and partnering up with community advocates to ensure that immigrant workers are counted. Many immigrants are still reluctant to answer the census, despite the fact that all responses are strictly confidential and can’t be used by Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) or any other government agency.

La Colmena’s objective is to dispatch day laborers themselves to speak with other day laborers to understand the importance of completing the census even if they are undocumented or homeless.

WHEN:  Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, 7:00 P.M. 
WHERE: Christ United Methodist Church, 1890 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA.Com (MLN). Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia (UDC). Email: ramonjimenez169@gmail.com

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