We believe that all workers deserve rights, no matter where you were born or the color of your skin. Employers who want to increase their profits are trying to lower standards for all by exploiting immigrant workers with low pay, unsafe working conditions, and illegal hiring. The only way to raise standards for all workers is to stand together for comprehensive immigration reform.
Many immigrants to the United States could not make a living where they come from. Free trade deals like NAFTA have forced millions of small farmers off their land as a result of cheap subsidized corn and other products flooding their markets. Unable to feed their families, many come to the US to look for work.
Immigration reform is a component of a shared prosperity agenda that focuses on improving productivity and quality; limiting wage competition; strengthening labor standards, especially the freedom of workers to form unions and bargain collectively; and providing social safety nets and high-quality lifelong education and training for workers and their families. To achieve this goal, immigration reform must fully protect U.S. workers, reduce the exploitation of immigrant workers and reduce employers' incentive to hire undocumented workers rather than U.S. workers. The most effective way to do that is for all workers— immigrant and native-born—to have full and complete access to the protection of labor, health and safety and other laws. Comprehensive immigration reform must complement a strong, well-resourced and effective labor standards enforcement initiative that prioritizes workers' rights and workplace protections. This approach will ensure that immigration does not depress wages and working conditions or encourage marginal low-wage industries that depend heavily on substandard wages, benefits and working conditions.