Stronger pro-union measures are needed to save existing American jobs
In recent years, some of the highest grades from FAIR were awarded to U.S. representatives who received the lowest labor grades, thanks to their opposition to measures like extended unemployment compensation and equal pay for women. America was built on immigration and can only continue to thrive if we continue to open our doors to eager newcomers. The vast majority of immigrants — both documented and undocumented — come to this country to work, and work hard. Meanwhile, native-born American workers have been losing economic ground for decades, partly because unscrupulous employers are driving down wages by exploiting the undocumented.
All workers will be better off if we raise up the undocumented from the shadows of the underground economy through comprehensive immigration reform.
William Rice is a policy consultant with Americans for Democratic Action. Readers may write to him at ADA, 1629 K Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20006; website: www.adaaction.org.
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