In 2011, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued major reforms to a flagship guestworker program known as H-2B. Business groups, predictably, sued to block the regulations -- but last week, an appeals court finally put their arguments to rest.
Lately, Florida headlines have been filled with conservative political leaders coming out in support of DREAMers. While what follows may be slightly confusing to some, and has even confused one of the country's top law firms hired to advise our state's flagship university, let's examine the issue.
While one Republican congressman did suggest that reform will produce "11 million Democrats," that need not be the case. After all, Republicans used to do a good job attracting immigrant votes (think of Bush winning more than 40 percent of the Latino vote in his 2004 reelection to the presidency).
Whether measured by budget allocations, criminal prosecution volumes, or people deported -- it is clear that the federal government has pursued an enforcement-first policy. This enforcement-first and enforcement-only approach is precisely what has produced our failed immigration state.
Unz has part of the equation right: Raising the wage floor brings up the rest of the economy. But he departs from the progressive view in a key respect: A higher wage floor won't really help workers unless it lifts all equally, built to be as level as it is broad.
Too often, farm workers like Abelino are hurt as they work to provide fresh food for the rest of, sacrificing their own health for ours. What's more, they rarely seek medical care in the U.S. because they can't afford to miss work. These hardworking people deserve health care.
This past month, I left my job in Congress to return to community organizing. After the country helped stop my mother's deportation, I came to realize that our community and the American people have the power, not politicians inside the beltway.
An ongoing clamp down on undocumented Ethiopian migrant workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rendered thousands vulnerable as many were not able to renew work permits before the November 4th deadline signifying the expiration of an amnesty that was announced in April.
"This is not about politics, the fast is about faith. Faith in the American people who we believe care about families being torn apart. Faith that Congress will reflect during the holidays and do the best thing for America."
Improving migrants' access to education, affordable housing, skill development programs and health care are key steps to helping these marginalized urban newcomers achieve their goal of social mobility.
As someone who believes all social justice issues are interrelated, here was a chance to take a stand in defense of families being torn apart by an immigration system that flies in the face of our nation's immigrant history, and the bedrock American value of justice for all.