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[Excerpt] In recent years, however, our federal government’s approach to immigration enforcement has severely interfered with the protection of labor rights for immigrant workers. The single-minded focus on immigration enforcement without regard to violations of workplace laws has enabled employers with rampant labor and employment violations to profit by employing workers who are terrified to complain about substandard wages, unsafe conditions, and lack of benefits, or to demand their right to bargain collectively.


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Smith, R., Avendaño, A. & Martínez Ortega, J. (2009). Iced out: How immigration enforcement has interfered with workers’ rights [Electronic version]. Washington, DC: AFL-CIO.

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