For Immediate Relaese, January 28, 2013
Contact: Cathy Junia
National – As the White House and Congress lay out plans to reform the country’s broken immigration system, faith communities voice strong support for a comprehensive immigration reform program that includes a path to citizenship for more than 11 million undocumented immigrants, and protects the rights of all workers, regardless of immigration status.
Responding to recent immigration reform announcements, Kim Bobo, Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice, said, “Immigrants come to the U.S. to work, and yet when they are kept in the shadows without a path to citizenship, they are easily exploited and undermine standards for all workers. Thus, it is right morally and economically to create a clear and quick path to citizenship for immigrants. We should ‘welcome the immigrant’ now.”
IWJ has a network of more than 26 worker centers around the country that serve as drop-in centers for low-wage workers who experience injustice at the workplace. Many of these centers routinely see wage theft cases that involve immigrant workers.
“Immigrant workers who are forced to live the shadows are more vulnerable to abuse. When we allow immigrant workers to be exploited, we lower the standards for all workers,” Bobo said. “Reforming our immigration system is morally imperative and fundamental to restoring justice and equity in the workplace and the community.”
IWJ joins other grassroots organizations around the country in welcoming recent immigration reform plans as a significant first step in the struggle to fix a broken system that tears apart families and keeps millions of hardworking people in the shadows.
IWJ is also part of the Interfaith Immigrant Coalition, a coalition of 35 national faith-based organizations calling for a reform of our broken immigration system.
Interfaith Worker Justice has been organizing, educating and advocating at the intersection of work and faith since 1996. IWJ has a network of more then 60 worker centers and interfaith groups around the country.