According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2015, there were 26.3 million foreign-born persons in the U.S. labor force, comprising 16.7 percent of the total. • Public Domain Image
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2015, there were 26.3 million foreign-born persons in the U.S. labor force, comprising 16.7
percent of the total. • Public Domain Image

This Labor Day, let’s honor the hardworking men and women who keep America running. But let’s also remember the millions of aspiring Americans, neighbors and friends, who are forced to work and live in the shadows due to our broken immigration system. Too many immigrant workers are afraid to speak up and assert their rights when their employer underpays or mistreats them on the job. Our broken immigration system is being used by big corporations and their political allies to drive down wages and standards for all working people. This year, let’s stand in solidarity with immigrant workers and communities by urging Congress to finally pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship and real job protections.

Bob Zappone
Seattle, WA

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