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Immigrant Workers’ Rights

On January 13, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance to streamline the existing process that protects immigrant workers from intimidation and retaliation for speaking out against poor working conditions and poverty wages. This means that immigrant workers who speak out or are witnesses to labor violations may be eligible for temporary protection from deportation and work authorization while their labor case is pending. This is a huge step towards winning fair wages and safe workplaces for all workers.

Your Rights as an Immigrant Worker

Labor-Based Deferred Action

Are you facing wage theft, unsafe or unfair working conditions? On January 13, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance to protect immigrant workers who take action and work with labor agencies to hold abusive employers accountable. This process is streamlined and accessible to all workers.

Here's how it works:

Know Your Rights: Labor Organizing and Protections for Immigrants

Can ICE take action against me if I stand up for rights in the workplace?

Moratorium on workplace raids: The Biden Administration has ceased massive workplace raids. During a labor dispute, ICE will generally not:

  1. Take actions that interfere with exercising your labor rights
  2. Demand more work authorization documents – requiring an employer to provide more proof of your permission to work

ICE will generally stay away from workplaces where a labor dispute is taking place.

What is a labor dispute?

What kind of proof might there be of a labor dispute?

What rights do I have if my boss brings up my immigration status?