David Bacon is author of Illegal People—How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, and the forthcoming The Right to Stay Home, both from Beacon Press.
The Obama administration should embrace
progressive tactics to protect human and workplace rights.
Massive workplace raids are part of a pressure campaign for guest-worker programs.
If the Mexican government and Grupo Mexico succeed in smashing a miners'
strike, the reverberations will be felt even across the US border.
A federal judge in San Francisco has put on hold new Homeland Security regulations designed to crack down on illegal immigrants in the workplace.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is using immigration control measures to retaliate against undocumented workers who stand up for their rights.
On July 2, Mexico will choose a new president. Whoever wins will face an ongoing labor movement challenging the neoliberal policies of the past.
In a misguided GOP reform effort, Congress is ready to pass measures
that would militarize border controls, violate workers' rights and give
corporations a new bracero program. Immigrant rights groups,
unions, civil rights organizations and working families push for
Guest worker programs are a threat to the communities Central American
migrants forge as they sweep across the US. These programs undermine
the economic rights of immigrants and natives alike.
Guest workers in the US are routinely punished for asserting their rights.
In a Service Employees union hall in Boston, a hospital worker raises her hand.