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Interfaith Worker Justice advocates for justice for all workers in the U.S. – native-born citizens, legal residents, and those who are forced to live and work in the shadows, undocumented workers and their families. Here are links to materials for educational activities at the congregational level and resources to take action for comprehensive immigration reform and to support all low-wage workers.

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IWJ Materials on Immigration

Board of Directors' Statement of Principles on Immigration Issues
The IWJ Board of Directors speaks out on immigration.

For You Were Once a Stranger: Immigration in the U.S. Through the Lens of Faith

This comprehensive resource provides historical background, the faith perspective on immigration, and suggestions for taking action in your community. Published Spring 2007. 

For You Were Once a Stranger: Summary and User's Guide

This companion piece to the full report provides a summary of and guide to the report.

Legislation and Public Policy

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Raids
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (in the Department of Homeland Security) has stepped up worksite raids in the past two years, resulting in mass arrests and deportations of immigrant workers, and simultaneously violating human and civil rights, breaking up families, destroying and impovershing communities, and spreading fear.

Social Security Administration No-Match Letters
Letters sent from an error-prone database at the Social Security Administration to workers and their employers result in violation of labor rights, including wrongful firings; the letters are abused by unscrupulous employers and misused by uninformed employers.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform
The only solution to this nation's broken immigration system is a comprehensive solution that is humane, equitable, respects the rights of all workers and immigrants, and reflects our mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect.

The Shuler-Tancredo Bill (SAVE Act)
This "enforcement-only" bill has troubling employment verification proposals that would jeopardize the jobs of millions of lawful workers.

Guest Worker Programs
In the debates about immigration reform, many businesses advocate guest worker programs time limited visas that bring immigrant workers, supposedly to fill jobs where there is a shortage of U.S. citizen or legal permanent residents available. The problem is that guest workers and work visa programs replace permanent jobs with benefits with temporary jobs without benefits. And guest workers labor without legal protections guaranteed to most U.S. workers.

 

Take Action

Immigration Delegation Toolkit 2007-2008

This toolkit explains how to form a delegation of faith leaders to visit your local congressperson. It also includes background materials. Contact us if you would like to organize a delegation.

Celebrating Immigrants: An Interfaith Service

Use this 4-page resource to host an interfaith service celebrating immigrants.

Remember the Immigrant

A responsive reading bulletin insert.

What You Can Do to Support Humane U.S. Immigration Reform Law

A bulletin insert on immigration reform 2006

 

Further Reading and Other Resources

Immigration: The Labor Perspective
During an hour long Webcast on Monday, Secretary Solis and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discussed the link between labor and immigration, while outlining a path to comprehensive immigration reform. The two broached the discussion from a worker rights perspective. They also offered insights into the current immigration system, the exploitation of immigrant workers, and the adverse impact that our broken immigration system is having on wages and workplace standards across America. Trumka and Solis then turned their attention to stepped up restrictions on border crossings and the recently passed Arizona immigration law. Last, but not least, they fielded viewer questions and urged those watching the Webcast to take an active role in this important debate. Click here to watch the Webcast.

What Faith Groups Say About Immigration Reform

A compilation of policies and statements on immigration from select denominational bodies 2007

Low-Wage Immigrant Worker Coalition
This coalitiion includes several labor and immigration organizations that work together to focus on low-wage, immigrant workers. Groups are Interfaith Worker Justice, the National Immigration Law Center, National Employment Law Project, AFL-CIO, Change to Win, Jobs with Justice, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and National Council of La Raza.

Interfaith Immigration Coalition
Major denominational and other faith organizations have joined to work together toward comprehensive immigration reform.

Don't Be Fooled: The Real Problem Is Not Immigration
United Church of Christ Statement (Witness for Justice), November 19, 2007.

Nativism in the House: A Report on the House Immigration Reform Caucus
Report by the Center for New Community's Building Democracy Initiative, September 2007.

2006 State Legislation Related to Immigration: Enacted and Vetoed
National Council of State Legislators' compilation of state legislation concerning immigration in 2006.

Film: Made In L.A.

Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning documentary (bilingual English-Spanish) that follows the three-year odyssey of three Latina immigrants working in garment factories as they fight for basic labor protections while finding their way in the U.S.  This intimate, human story puts a face on the immigrant experience, low-wage work, and workers' rights, and it draws parallels between today's immigrants and those whose families came to the U.S. generations ago.