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 Building Bridges 
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 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg  
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Supporting Immigrant Labor, Fighting For Their Rights
Pablo Alvarado, executive director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center and Director of the UCLA Labor Center and founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

Whether immigrants workers, documented or undocumented seek to hold crooked and exploitative bosses accountable for wage theft, and pay that is below the prevailing wage or work just too many hours for too little pay and benefits and are subject to abusive treatment to their personage, such as sexual harassment or want the freedom to push for decent jobs and organize unions without risking arrest, they deserve legal protections. Now with Trump threatening to bring a reign of lawlessness to American cities, the most precarious workers are subjected to more militarized and extensive workplace raids, mass arrests, family separation and expedited deportations.

Then there is the all-too-familiar story of scape-goating immigrant workers and deliberately pitting them against American workers as big corporations cut wages as they seek to reap bigger profits. They replace one set of workers with another"from other regions or other countries"or by automating work. Meanwhile, CEO pay and bonuses continue to rise while workers wages fall. When you are scrambling to find work or getting beat out for a job by someone willing to work for less, theres an allure to an anti-immigrant stance. But taking that bait doesnt get us very far.

The issue may not come up in contract talks, but a safe, fair workplace regardless of immigration status is key to social inclusion, promoting economic fairness, and helping communities exercise the rights they do have"especially those without a say in who gets elected to office.

Migrants seeking asylum and immigrant workers arent pulling the strings of our rigged economy. Those making the decisions that cause economic hardship can more likely be found at Mar-a-Lago, not at the border. If we dont focus on holding the ultra-rich and greedy corporations accountable, workers will continue losing. All the raids in the world will not help native-born and documented workers with job security.

This false notion that we are in competition with immigrants limits our ability to see each other, even when the collateral damage is children. At this moment, wealthy corporations and billionaires, not immigrant children and their parents, are sacrificing workers for profits. We should see this as a warning. When people are so dehumanized that forcing kids to sleep in kennels becomes acceptable, the value of life for everyone goes down. Instead of scapegoating children, mothers and fathers, we should reconnect with our humanity and demand change from the true source of our hardship: an out-of-control corporate class. Lets be clear: We have found the culprit, and its not our fellow workers and certainly not children.
Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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