By: Richard Hanus
March 31, 2000
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Organized Labor Calls for Limited Amnesty – Is the Mood of our Nation Changing?
Organized Labor Calls for Limited Amnesty – Is the Mood of our Nation Changing? March 31, 2000As featured in a previous edition of the Philippine Weekly, the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) has announced its support for the enactment of amnesty legislation for certain undocumented workers in the U.S. Their proposal also calls for stiffer penalties to be imposed against employers who exploit undocumented workers, including criminal prosecution for the more egregious cases of exploitation. Which “undocumented” workers stand to benefit and obtain permanent resident status from the AFL-CIO’s proposal?
- Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans and Haitians who arrived in the U.S. in the 1980’s and early 90’s after fleeing the chaotic conditions brought on by civil wars in their respective countries and who have already been granted temporary permission to remain in the U.S., but to this point denied permanent refugee status. Approximately 500,000 individuals stand to benefit in this category.
- Individuals filing “late amnesty” applications pursuant to various class action lawsuits initiated the early to mid 1990’s (e.g. CSS, LULAC, Zambrano). Many such individuals have been granted temporary employment authorization over the years but have been denied permanent resident status to this point. Approximately 350,000 individuals stand to benefit in this category.
- Approximately 10,000 Liberians who have been granted temporary status in the U.S. as a result of widespread civil war past in their country but to this point, have been without an avenue toward obtaining permanent residence.
PUBLISHED March 31, 2000 – “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM” Copyright © 2000-2008, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois
July 11, 2019