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Nezua

Weekly Diaspora: Immigration Impacts Everything

Nezua, Nov 5, 2009 1:14 PM

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Editor's note: The Weekly Diaspora is Nezua's weekly round-up of immigration news, published by The Media Consortium.  

While many pundits and political analysts are musing about what Tuesday's mixed bag election results mean for Obama administration, New America Media reports that "there's another trend to watch; the surprising prominence of immigration politics."

Even in states where other concerns "like small farms and forestry management" are far more immediate, "immigration has become a litmus test issue for the conservative movement," and the expectation is, oddly, a "lockstep" goal toward opposing legalization. One has to wonder how the self-destructive choice to oppose immigration at any cost came about.

Sandip Roy

Labor Pains: How Our Broken Immigration System Hurts All Workers

Sandip Roy, Nov 4, 2009 11:14 AM

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.

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