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Immigration news and views. UALE Immigration Task Force members can contribute to the discussion.

Immigrant Rights Organizations

National Immigration Forum

The Forum is dedicated to embracing and upholding America’s tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair to and supportive of newcomers to our country.

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)

MIRA is a diverse, statewide coalition of over 100 organizations and more than 50 individuals working to promote the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees.

FLOC

The Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO is both a social movement and a labor union. Our immediate constituency is migrant workers in the agricultural industry, but we are also involved with immigrant workers, Latinos, our local communities, and national and international coalitions concerned with justice.

Information Sources

BorderBattles/SSRC

This page of the website of the Social Science Research Council contains numerous good articles about the immigration policy debate.

Highlander Center's Immigration Issues page

Articles, fact sheets, exercises, links to other useful web pages and more.

Instituto de Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME)

The website of IME has lots of information about and for Mexican immigrants to the US. Most of it is in Spanish, but there are also many articles in English. Scroll down the page to "Investigaciones Académicas" to find them.

SPLC Immigrant Justice Project

The Southern Poverty Law Center created the Immigrant Justice Project in 2004 to address the unique legal needs of migrant workers, a group particularly vulnerable to workplace abuse. SPLC's excellent report on the abuses of Guest Worker programs, "Close to Slavery" is downloadable from this site.

Pew Hispanic Center

Founded in 2001, the Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Its mission is to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the entire nation. The Center does not advocate for or take positions on policy issues.

Immigration Policy Center

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research arm of the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF). IPC was established in 2003 with the mission to provide policymakers, academics, the media, and the general public with access to accurate information about the effects of immigration on the U.S. economy and society. The IPC website has concise fact sheets on a number of immigration-related topics, as well as research and policy information. IPC is producing state-by-state snapshots to complement their nationwide analysis of the economic and political power that Latinos, Asians and immigrants bring to their home states.

Position Statements

AFL-CIO on Immigration

AFL-CIO's position on immigration and related articles.

United Electrical Workers (UE)

UE Policy Statement: "Stand Up for the Rights of Immigrant Workers"

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)

Testimony of the UFCW before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law, May 24, 2007, regarding Labor Movement Perspectives on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Online Resources

UMass Workers Rights Curriculum

“The Boss Can’t Do That, Can He?” The UMass Labor Extension Program’s Worker Rights Curriculum is based on Massachusetts law, but can be adapted for use in other states. It can be used as an organizing and community education tool for new entrants to the workforce, young workers, and immigrant workers, documented or undocumented. Topics include an intro to basic worker protections, how to read a pay check, minimum wage, workers under 18, overtime, discrimination, health and safety, FMLA, unemployment insurance, temp work & day labor, and unions and the right to organize. The curriculum is approximately 13 to 15 hours long when all parts are used, but it can be broken up into smaller pieces (individual modules range from 45 to 150 minutes). Participants’ materials are available in Spanish.

Remade in America

This project done by the New York Times includes a wealth of resources including three interactive maps, videos, graphic illustrations and slide shows, as well as reporting on immigrants in various aspects of life. The maps detail where foreign born workers are from by occupation; where immigrant groups have settled from 1880-2000; and demographic changes in education searchable by county and state.

On-Line Labor resources

On-Line resources from UE

Crossing the Border to Cananea

32 minute documentary about a three year strike by members of Los Mineros at the huge copper mine in Cananea, Mexico operated by Grupo Mexico. Produced in connection with 2010 visit of UALE delegation to Cananea.

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