The Department of Labor is expanding access to visas that provide protection for victims of trafficking and certain crimes in the workplace – offenses that are common in SPLC cases involving immigrant workers.
The SPLC urged U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina to seek reform of the H-2 guest worker program used to import workers who claim in a new SPLC lawsuit that they were abused by a prominent employer in Graham’s state.
Foreign workers at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina were charged recruitment, travel and housing fees that pushed their wages below the minimum required under the H-2B guest worker program.
President Obama’s visit to Alabama today to discuss proposals to rein in predatory lenders underscores the need to regulate an industry the SPLC has found traps low-income people in a crushing cycle of debt.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the Selma-to-Montgomery March, we should rededicate ourselves to the cause with a renewed sense of urgency and the determination of those who marched the 54 miles to the Alabama Capitol.