Quantcast elsemanario.net
Thursday, November 27, 2014, videos Videos Photos Photos rss RSS
Home Advertise Contact Us Opinions Contests Subscription Weather Events Member of HDN Español
Recomended Links:    Advertise with Us  |  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES NOW  |  Consumer Tips  |    
City
Education
Economics
Immigration
Chispa
National News
International News
Health
Travel
From the Editor
Publisher's Note
Whitehouse Updates
Sports
Local News
Cover Story
Environment
State
Username:
Password.
Forgot your password?
Register
Classifieds
More
 
Millions of immigrants left in the shadows
Bookmark and Share   
We are deeply disappointed that the Senate missed a historic opportunity to fix our nation’s broken immigration system in a just, meaningful and comprehensive way. We strongly believe that América deserves an immigration system that protects all workers within our borders and at same time guarantees the safety of our nation without compromising our fundamental civil rights and liberties. The bill adopted by the Senate on May 25, failed to satisfy those fundamental principles.


Instead of raising working standards for all workers by providing a fair path to citizenship to the 12 million undocumented workers currently living in our communities, the Senate adopted the framework of the fatally flawed Martínez-Hagel compromise, which creates an undemocratic, unjust and unworkable three-tiered society that denigrates and marginalize millions of immigrant families. That three-tiered approach creates a caste society in which millions of hard-working immigrants are driven further into the shadows of American society, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation.


We are also disappointed that the Senate adopted the greedy corporate model of addressing our nations’ future needs for workers--guestworker programs-- instead of crafting a mechanism to ensure that future foreign workers come into the US with full rights and as full social partners. We are heartened by the fact that the Senate substantially reduced the size of the new H2C guestworker program and added many worker protections that were missing from earlier versions of the proposed legislation. Clearly, the Senate recognized the exploitative nature of guestworker programs and their detrimental effects on US workers and foreign workers alike.


We echo the concerns expressed by civil rights, religious and community leaders about the erosion of civil liberties and other fundamental rights embodied in the Senate bill. Further, we stand behind immigrant workers and immigrant communities around the country, who have expressed deep concerns with the Senate bill because, among other things, it creates deep divisions within immigrant communities and leaves millions of immigrants in the shadows.


This is not the time to start popping champagne corks. Our work is far from over. As the only national organization in our country dedicated exclusively to standing up for working people, we will continue to fight for workers’ rights and for a strong blanket standard of treatment that makes no exceptions and that benefits the middle-class as a whole.





John Sweeney serves as President of the AFL-CIO.



Back
"Our Community Our Partners"
   PDF Version
 
Channels
City
Education
Economics
Immigration
Chispa
National News
International News
Health
Travel
From the Editor
Publisher's Note
Whitehouse Updates
Sports
Local News
Cover Story
Environment
State

Advertise
HDN Internet
This Publication - Internet
This Publication - Print Version

Contact Us
HDN
El Semanario
Staff

Opinions
Columnists
Editorials
Reader's Letters
e-mail the Editor

Subscription

Weather

Events

Member of HDN

Español

About Us

Subscription

Contact Us

News Archive

Copyright

Copyright 2014, El Semanario. This site is powered by Hispanic Digital Network(TM)
  Logo