A critical civil rights issue and one of the UAW’s top priorities in 2013 is a workable immigration system that will allow 11 million aspiring Americans to become citizens. This is why UAW and allies have been working to ensure we move forward this year and create a road map to citizenship. Comprehensive immigration reform is a win for everyone.
Our current system hurts citizens: our country’s immigration system is broken and without a pathway to citizenship, millions of workers are forced into a shadow economy and exploited by unscrupulous employers.
That drives down wages and working conditions for all workers, and puts employers who want to do the right thing at a competitive disadvantage.
Who wins when undocumented immigrants live in fear? Only employers who take advantage of them win. The rest of us lose.
Our current system exploits undocumented immigrants: Under the current system, employers are able to hire undocumented immigrants because they can pay them less, force them to work in hazardous conditions, steal their wages and threaten them with deportation if they complain.
UAW strongly supports S. 744: The heart of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744), which passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee with a bipartisan 13-5 vote, is our movement’s core demand: the creation of a reliable, inclusive road map to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring Americans. The committee vote represents a big step toward ending family separation and towards strengthening worker protections.