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Labor Pains: How Our Broken Immigration System Hurts All Workers

Sandip Roy, Nov 4, 2009 11:14 AM

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Editor's note: This blog by Tyler Moran, Policy Director at the National Immigration Law Center, originally appeared here, on Immigration Impact, the blog of the Immigration Policy Center.

While most employers are law-abiding, some unscrupulous employers have a secret weapon for keeping down wages and working conditions—our broken immigration system. Bad apple employers hire undocumented immigrants, subject them to unsafe working conditions, pay them less than the market wage, or don’t pay them at all. If undocumented workers file a labor complaint or try to form a union, the employer will threaten them with deportation or even call DHS to have the workers deported. Then the workers are whisked into detention or out of the country before they can seek remedies for the labor violations. Most employers don’t get punished for their misconduct, which puts unscrupulous employers at a competitive advantage over law-abiding employers.