The AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce came together and produced a set of principles that should guide all discussions on the future flow of workers into this country. The concessions are notable, but the common ground is even more remarkable.
The fate of Latino workers is not just a Latino concern -- it is an American concern. According to the BLS, 30 percent of the U.S. workforce will be Latino by 2050. It is in our national interest to ensure that Latinos are able to contribute to our economic prosperity.
55% of Latino immigrants say they came to this country primarily for economic reasons; logic suggests that people with this motivation are going to embrace the effort required to improve their economic situation.
Millions of workers, many of whom are Latino, are working hard for low wages -- holding down jobs that offer no benefits, no safety from workplace injury and no chance of upward mobility into good-quality jobs.