Workers’ Rights & Immigration Enforcement

National Immigration Law Center

The POWER Act Would Provide Key Protections for Immigrant Workers, Securing Fair Labor Standards for Everyone. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), flanked by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other civil rights as well as union leaders, today introduced the Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation (POWER) Act on Capitol Hill.  Crafted in response to reports across the country of employers using immigration enforcement to retaliate against workers who step forward to claim their workplace rights, the bill is designed to thwart the use of immigration law to quash workers’ efforts to promote fair labor practices. Here are statements by Marielena Hincapié, NILC’s executive director, and Tyler Moran, NILC’s policy director. READ THE NEWS RELEASE ›› (Posted 4/14/10)

The POWER Act: Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation Act.  By mandating changes in how the Dept. of Homeland Security conducts worksite immigration enforcement and by creating new protections for workers, POWER would help ensure that enforcement of federal immigration law does not undermine workers’ basic job-related rights.  The legislation marks a vital step forward and will help create safe and just workplaces for all workers. READ ABOUT ITS KEY PROVISIONS ››