victorina and sandra are undocumented workers who worked at bedminster for trump

‘There are millions of us here without papers, and the country depends on us. [Donald Trump] knows that because his businesses depend on us and he knows how hard I worked.” – Victorina Morales, who worked Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey for five years while she was undocumented. Support Victorina and other undocumented… Continue »

In a new must-read story in Mother Jones, reporter Tim Murphy highlights the efforts and successes of the Culinary Workers Union in Nevada to mobilize the diverse voters found there. For those asking how best to mobilize Latino, Asian-American and other working class voters, studying what Culinary and their many partners do in Nevada seems like a… Continue »

Tallahassee, FL – A Marketplace piece highlights the critical roles Haitian workers play in Florida’s $111.7 billion hospitality industry. Florida is home to more than half of the Haitians with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who now are facing deportation. The piece in its entirety can be accessed here, and follows below: Every morning, hundreds of uniformed workers file into the… Continue »

Undocumented immigrants contribute some $11 billion to the US economy every year. Some of these immigrants are farm workers (and workers in similar areas, such as the dairy industry) who help to keep American farms open and producing affordable, quality food. As many as 70% of all US farm workers are undocumented immigrants. Recent history has… Continue »

As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet for the final Presidential debate in Las Vegas tonight, CNN profiles Trump International Hotel employees who will not be voting for their boss. Among them are several Latina guest room attendants who, citing his record of anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric, will be casting their ballots for Clinton instead.… Continue »

This week, the NPR show “All Things Considered” is highlighting stories from Harvest Public Media, a public radio reporting project that focuses on agriculture and food production issues.  Each story highlights the struggles of some of the many immigrant workers that play a crucial role in food production across the U.S. In yesterday’s segment, they… Continue »

Rep. Lamar Smith, the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is also the self-appointed jobs czar for the GOP. He’s holding a mark-up of his two-part jobs package this Thursday, September 15th. Yesterday we explained why Smith’s mandatory E-Verify bill kills jobs for Americans and is opposed by organized labor. Today, we explain why his companion bill—the “American Specialty Agriculture Act” (H.R.2847)—also puts American workers last. That’s some “jobs” plan.

Despite all the problems with E-Verify, Rep. Lamar Smith is charging forward with his mandatory bill — and adding a cheap guest worker plan to the mix in a blatant attempt to buy off the industry. Instead of putting American workers first, Smith’s plan promotes a race to the bottom for the industry and jeopardizes the jobs of hundreds of thousands of Americans working in and around agriculture today.

Today in National Review, Mark Krikorian published his response to our long list of criticisms about the mandatory E-Verify bill that Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are pushing.

Yesterday, the President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis sat down to talk about a key workers’ rights issue: comprehensive immigration reform. The duo made a clear and compelling case for reform that legalizes undocumented immigrants, and explained why comprehensive reform is in the interest of all workers in America – immigrant and native-born.