DEMAND EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL WORKERS TO ORGANIZE & UNIONIZE
END THE CRIMINALIZATION OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS AND REPEAL THE EMPLOYERS’ SANCTIONS PROVISION OF THE IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT
ESTABLISH A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS IN THE COUNTRY
Fight for the right for ALL WORKERS to organize to improve our conditions.
The US government has maintained an underclass of workers for the last three decades by criminalizing the undocumented immigrants for working. Criminalization for working turns the undocumented immigrants into modern-day slaves unable to fight against exploitation. This goes with the interest of the unscrupulous bosses who demand lower wages, longer working hours and other demeaning labor standards from the undocumented workers, and force other workers to accept such worsening conditions.
The law that criminalizes undocumented workers for working is the employer sanctions provision of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. This law has been key to driving down the working and living conditions of all working people and created divisions among them, undermined their ability to come together to assert their collective power. It has also served as the foundation for the rash of regressive, anti-immigrant laws we are seeing today.
No immigration reform or labor reform will be truly comprehensive without the repeal of the employer sanctions. To repeal employer sanctions would signify eradicating the law’s most profound effect- the maintenance of an underclass. It is therefore in the interest of all of us to come together to abolish this modern-day slave law and guarantee equal rights for all workers!
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