Thursday, April 22, 2010
Last week, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), along with cosponsors Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Patty Murray (D-WA), introduced the Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation (POWER) Act. The act would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide protections for non-citizen workers when those workers have been harmed by violations of the immigration laws or labor and employment laws, when they might be witnesses in cases under the immigration or labor and employment laws, or when they have reported violations or have cooperated with authorities. The act would protect these workers from automatic deportation and from retaliation by the employers who are exploiting them. It's an important development in immigration and labor reform.
The bill has been referred to the judiciary committee, and we'll update you as events progress.