Mar. 21, 2013

E Pluribus Unum Prizes

The Migration Policy Institute is now accepting applications for the 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prizes. In its fifth year, the Prizes program will award three $50,000 prizes and one Corporate Leadership Award to outstanding immigrant integration initiatives of all types, whether led by nonprofit or community organizations, businesses, public agencies, religious groups, or individuals. The application period closes on April 12. For rules, procedures and the online application, visit: www.integrationawards.org, or contact Emma Brown, at ebrown@migrationpolicy.org.

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Jun. 27, 2012

After DREAM Order, Fair Pay for Home Care Workers

New America Media has published an op ed by NELP Staff Attorney Eunice Cho in celebration of the 74th Anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act:

Earlier this month, immigrant communities around the country celebrated President Obama’s announcement that undocumented immigrant youth would be granted relief from deportation and temporary work authorization.

The new policy, however, reaches only a fraction of the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, many of whom are left to live and work in the shadows. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that approximately 8 million unauthorized immigrants participated in the workforce in 2010 — around 5.2 perecent of the workforce. These workers tend to work in traditionally low-wage but high growth occupations such as agriculture, construction, manufacturing, and service industries, where workers face the greatest risk of exploitation.

As we celebrate the 74th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which was passed in 1938 this week, we should recommit to ensuring that the most vulnerable workers — regardless of their national origin or immigration status — have protection from unscrupulous employers. Especially with decisions coming down like United States v. Arizona, which widens the door for racial profiling by local law enforcement, laws like FLSA become all the more important.

To continue reading, visit New American Media.

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FILED UNDER: Caregivers | Domestic/Homecare Workers | Immigration

Jun. 25, 2012

NELP Applauds Court Opposition to Patchwork Immigration Laws, Warns Against Racial Profiling

NELP Applauds Court Opposition to Patchwork Immigration Laws, Warns Against Racial Profiling

Washington, DC – By a 5-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court today held in Arizona v. United States that most of the provisions of the state’s controversial anti-immigrant law are unconstitutional.  The Court let stand a provision that requires police officers to verify the immigration status of anyone they arrest, though the Justices left open the possibility of a future challenge to the effect this provision has in practice. 

“Today the Court rejected the extreme view held by its dissenters that states can devise their own immigration policies,” said Christine Owens, Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project.  “The Court based its decision in part on the necessity that our nation speak with one voice on immigration, and the danger that a patchwork system of immigration regulation poses to our foreign policy and our role in the world.  In addition, the Court noted that the federal government is in the best place to evaluate these national priorities, including placing deportation of working immigrants low in its priorities. The Court denied the State of Arizona the ability to make work itself a criminal act.”

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Jun. 7, 2012 | Posted by: Eunice Cho

Immigrant Worker News Updates, June 7, 2012

UAW, Coalition Commit to Overturning Alabama’s Immigration Law [Detroit News

Law Giving Domestic Workers More Rights Slow to Take Hold [WNYC]

Alabama Law Becomes Even More Anti-Immigrant While Doing Nothing To Create Jobs [HuffPost

Unwelcome Guests: Work Visa Programs Cheat Global Labor, Build Global Capital [In These Times]

Workplace Whistleblower Gets Temporary Deportation Reprieve [HuffPost

Mexican Guest Workers Claim Wal-Mart Supplier Stole Their Wages [International Business Times]

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FILED UNDER: Domestic/Homecare Workers | Guestworkers | Immigrant Workers | Immigration | Immigration Reform | Wage Theft

May. 31, 2012 | Posted by: Eunice Cho

Immigrant Worker News Updates, May 31, 2012

Wage Theft: A Crime Without Punishment [The Nation]

New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) Releases New Graphic Novel To Help Immigrant Workers Avoid Scams [DNA Info

Omni Contract Ratified, Protects Immigrants. A new labor contract for the Omni Hotel in New Haven, CT provides important provisions specifying that the employer will not require employees to reverify their immigration status, and will refrain from use of voluntary work authorization programs such as E-Verify unless required by law. [New Haven Independent]

Restaurant Workers Set Sights on Walmart Wannabe: Darden. Restaurant workers combat discrimination at huge restaurant corporation, including immigrant workers at the back of the house. [Facing South]

Industrial Waste: The Federal Immigration Debate Has Ensnared Some of Louisiana’s Most Iconic Industries—and the Guest Workers They Rely On. [Independent Weekly

Four Workers Sue Carwash Owners Over Working Conditions. [LA Times

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FILED UNDER: DHS/ICE | Guestworkers | Immigrant Workers | Immigration | Wage Theft

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