Budget Reconciliation Could Provide Path to Citizenship for Millions of Immigrants
By Angelika Albaladejo
The citizenship expansion may also be an anti-poverty and labor rights tool, says Wendy Cervantes, who directs immigration work at the Center for Law and Social Policy.
Many of the immigrants being considered for legal status are currently stuck in low wage jobs with few worker protections or benefits, and they are vulnerable to exploitation and retaliation if they try to unionize or report labor violations.
“All of that trickles down to their families and to their kids and to the broader community,” Cervantes says. “As long as there’s one subset of the worker population that you can exploit, it just weakens the rights of all workers.”
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