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.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tackled the issue of modern-day debtors’ prisons by featuring the story of an SPLC client – a grandmother who ended up behind bars after struggling to pay traffic tickets.
The Florida Supreme Court confirmed this week what experts and parents have long known: Children are fundamentally different from adults. Recognizing this fact is critically important in Florida, a state where more than 10,000 children have been prosecuted as adults in the last five years without a judge’s input.