06 Sep Immigration law should raise pay
In another day of protests, a loud crowd rallied in front of the White House against President Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects nearly 800,000 tax-paying and law-abiding immigrants who came to the United States as children.
The AFL-CIO supports DACA because it empowers all working people and because the program raises pay. “When you target the DREAMers and those with Temporary Protected Status to take away freedom and security, we are all under attack, and we will all fight back,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Message of the Day – Immigration Law Should Raise Pay
Immigration policy should raise wages and reduce exploitation by expanding rights and protections to all workers, not by terrorizing law-abiding people.
The DACA program proves the power of this approach because the average hourly pay of its nearly 800,000 recipients rose by an astounding 69%, which increased tax revenue and raised standards for all working people.
The bad decision to end DACA will lead to 30,000 people losing their jobs each month, and the loss of $400 billion from the U.S. gross domestic product. The decision to take freedom and security from some 800,000 people will increase the pool of vulnerable workers in our country and embolden bad employers to retaliate against working men and women who try to organize on the job or speak out against abusive or dangerous working conditions.
Kitchen Table Economics
100%: That’s how many of the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients are law-abiding, with no criminal record at all.
Source: Labor Wire