As we mentioned in our Labor Day reflection last Friday, a recent report by the Center for Urban Economic Development, National Employment Law Project, and UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment explored the treatment of approximately 4,500 workers in three of America’s biggest cities.
In “Down and Out: Low-wage workers and the everyday symptoms of abuse,” the Washington editorialized today:
The staggering gap between what is promised by law and what is delivered in fact is a national shame visited upon society’s most vulnerable and least educated. Women, immigrants and people of color suffered disproportionately from violations; undocumented Hispanic women reported the most frequent cases of workplace abuse.
It’s abundantly clear that our dysfunctional immigration system leads directly to worker abuse and exploitation. Now is the time to fix that.