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Opportunities for New Alliances to Protect the Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Workers

By Marielena Hincapié

Federal law protects undocumented immigrant workers from labor violations, including national-origin discrimination, as well as retaliation based on their immigration status. However, these workers' rights are being undermined by employer sanctions, the employment eligibility verification process, and the threat of immigration enforcement. Coalitions of immigrant workers, organized labor, community-based organizations, interfaith groups, and members of the business community have begun to work together to expand protections for this vulnerable group.

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