Over the past few weeks, the Obama administration has reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring our laws work for all of the people. A recent regulation change by the Department of Labor may not make the headlines, but it will ensure that our laws are not abused to discriminate against a specific group, particularly immigrants. This change is a crucial element in addressing concerns raised by others in opposition to immigration reform.
H2-B Final Rule Fair to Both Immigrants and U.S. Workers
Next week, the Department of Labor will publish a Final Rule that will work to ensure the dignity of both nonagricultural American and immigrant workers. Employers and labor unions have noted the various flaws in the current H-2B guest worker visa program. These new regulations will protect vulnerable immigrants who are often exploited in the current system and open job access for U.S. workers. In addition, immigrant guest workers will be able to receive the basic services their American coworkers have.
Key provisions announced by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis include:
The steps taken by the administration will safeguard H2-B visa workers and U.S. workers thus promoting justice on behalf of all workers.
REAL ID must be reassessed
In the aftermath of the tragic events of 9/11, Congress passed the REAL ID Act (H.R. 418). This bill, when fully implemented, would turn drivers’ licenses i