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  •  And explain statements like this from the AFL-CIO (2+ / 0-)
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    Duke1676, Nightprowlkitty

    Immigration reform must include the protection of rights and standards for all workers including permanent relief to the millions of undocumented workers currently living and working in this country; it is long past time to put this struggling underground community above ground and recognize their enormous contributions.  To do otherwise guarantees a secondary class of workers easily subject to exploitation.

    History, economics and common sense dictate that exploitation of workers will continue as long as it makes economic sense for employers to do so.  Deploying the National Guard to the border does nothing to end the economic exploitation that is driving illegal immigration.  Our laws must include uniform enforcement of workplace standards to ensure a more just and level playing field.  We must reject outdated guest worker programs that relegate all future immigrant workers to an indentured, second-class status with substandard wages and rights – and undermine standards for all.

    What immigrant workers need is a real path to citizenship and a method for addressing America’s future needs for outside labor in a way that guarantees immigrant workers--and thus ALL workers--full rights and a real voice on the job.  

    - John Sweeny (President AFL-CIO)

    •  not what you promote (3+ / 0-)

      they have a fairly strong position on stopping the influx, which they do not advertise due to special interests and that is the key.  At least i got you to actually read one of their position statements.  Now go dig up the ones on stopping the influx on illegal labor.

      by BobOak on Mon Oct 29, 2007 at 02:46:15 PM PDT

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      •  My issue is rights for all workers. (2+ / 0-)
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        Duke1676, Nightprowlkitty

        If an immigration policy provides citizenship for all workers in the US, and if it avoids the harsh enforcement measures that push people into the shadows and break families, then I have no problem with it.

        Bernie Sanders and the AFL-CIO and most prominent Democrats all support these policies.

        We all understand that a path to citizenship is a key part of any reasonable plan that meets these criteria.

        •  uh huh (3+ / 0-)

          Why you have name called many labor activists who are true Progressives and populists and your little gang managed to chase more than a few off of these boards?  I don't think so since you attack labor activists.

          by BobOak on Mon Oct 29, 2007 at 02:55:00 PM PDT

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        •  US citizenship for all workers in the USA? Ha ha (4+ / 0-)

          So anyone who overstays a tourist visa and uses a false document to get employment should be given CITIZENSHIP? Citizenship then gives these illegal immigrants the right to petition their other family members to the USA.

          Then you oppose "harse enforcement"?

          Maybe you are on to something: If EVERYONE from India and China moved to the USA, then these countries would have no underpaid workers competing against us! Sure there might be a half billion people in California, but the "global playing field will be level.

          I know the Hillary Clinton supports your logic - that's why she won't get my vote.

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