6:57 pm - Thursday September 21, 2017

Need Remains For Whistle-Blower Protections For Guestworkers

Call to Action to Incorporate Key Worker Rights in Bill

Statement by CAMBIO, the Campaign for an Accountable, Moral, and Balanced Immigration Overhaul, on critical worker protection priorities still to be addressed in S. 744:
“Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its work on Title IV, employment and high-skilled visas. The committee plans to take up the remaining provisions in this title later this week. At that time CAMBIO hopes the committee will approve the amendment authored by Senator Blumenthal relating to whistle-blower protections for H-2B guestworkers. Far too many immigrants are exploited as cheap labor and abused without any mechanism to hold unscrupulous employers accountable. When that happens, guestworkers are trapped in captive labor, and millions of U.S. workers in the same sectors are trapped in a race to the bottom, with wages and conditions falling for all. Strong whistleblower protections for H-2B guestworkers would help end that.”
CAMBIO is a diverse group of organizations advocating for laws and policies that create a fair system for immigrants to become citizens; bans indefinite detention; guarantees due process for everyone in the United States; makes enforcement systems accountable; protects civil and human rights; encourages a better border to protect the quality of life in the borderlands, prevents the abuse of vulnerable Americans; and keeps families together. CAMBIO’s members include American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights, the Border Network for Human Rights, Detention Watch Network, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Domestic Workers Alliance, the National Guestworker Alliance, the National Immigration Law Center, Rights Working Group, Southern Border Communities Coalition, Immigrant Justice Network, and Northern Borders Coalition.

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