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Letter to Speaker John Boehner and Leader Nancy Pelosi - Comprehensive Immigration Reform with Strong Labor Protections

October 3, 2013

Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi:

We write to urge you to enact legislation that would reform our nation's broken immigration system and ensure a reformed system includes robust protections for U.S. and foreign workers. We strongly support key reform elements that include: 1) broad and humane treatment of the 11 million aspiring Americans, including DREAMers, and an earned path to citizenship making it possible for them to fully integrate into the nation's social and economic fabric; and 2) policies that prevent unscrupulous employers from exploiting foreign workers and reducing wages and job opportunities for U.S. workers, while directing enforcement resources in a smart and effective manner.

We must craft a new immigration policy that ensures U.S. competitiveness in a global economy and does not undermine the working conditions of U.S. workers. To achieve these goals, the following principles should be included in any reform legislation:

- Reasonable limits on the future flow of immigrant workers into the U.S.;

- Requirements for employers to engage in robust efforts to recruit U.S. workers before resorting to immigrant/imported workers;

- Prevailing wage and decent working condition requirements;

- Portability among appropriate employers so immigrant workers are not indentured to abusive ones;

- Protections against abusive labor recruiter arrangements, including whistle-blower protections and transparency on recruiter practices;

- Meaningful recourse for workers to fight violations of labor and employment laws, including whistleblower protections and access to compensation for damages incurred as available under federal, state and local laws;

- Protections in e-verify system to guard against misuse, protect worker's privacy and provide remedies for both workers and employers who lose employment opportunities because of government database errors; and

- Making clear that immigration enforcement remains solely the federal government's domain,

Many of these components have been supported by both business and labor in the Senate's immigration reform legislation and reflect the future economic needs of business and workers. We respectfully request that any proposal moved to the House floor include these principles or that the process provide the opportunity for these issues to be considered through amendments.

While building a common sense immigration system to allow millions of aspiring Americans to become citizens is a priority, we must also ensure that changes to our legal immigration laws provide access to a just system with fair wages and fundamental rights for all workers -- those already in our country as well as those who come to work in the future -- so that the rights, wages, and working conditions of U.S. workers are not undermined.


1. George Miller

2. Sander M Levin

3. Zoe Lofgren

4. Luis V. Gutiérrez

5. Lois Capps

6. Rosa L. Delauro

7. Ann M. Kuster

8. Chris Van Hollen

9. Judy Chu

10. Matt Cartwright

11. Jerry Mcnerney

12. John Delaney

13. Bill Foster

14. Janice Schakowsky

15. Alcee Hastings

16. Adam Schiff

17. John Dingell

18. Anna Eshoo

19. Rush Holt

20. Jim Mcdermott

21. Peter Defazio

22. Robert Brady

23. Charles Rangel

24. Danny Davis

25. Sam Farr

26. Wm. Lacy Clay

27. Marcia Fudge

28. Louise Slaughter

29. Steve Cohen

30. Lloyd Doggett

31. Jared Huffman

32. Eric Swalwell

33. Richard Nolan

34. André Carson

35. Hank Johnson

36. Raúl Grijalva

37. Michelle Lujan Grisham

38. Mark Takano

39. Barbara Lee

40. Bobby Rush

41. Corrine Brown

42. John Lewis

43. Suzanne Bonamici

44. Lucille Roybal-Allard

45. John B. Larson

46. James P. McGovern

47. Paul D. Tonko

48. Juan Vargas

49. Joe Courtney

50. Gene Green

51. Brian Higgins

52. Sanford D. Bishop

53. Brad Sherman

54. James Moran

55. Eleanor Holmes Norton

56. Joseph P. Kennedy, III

57. Michael Michaud

58. Lois Frankel

59. Betty Mccollum

60. Elizabeth Esty

61. Stephen F. Lynch

62. Alan Grayson

63. Mike Honda

64. Carolyn B. Maloney

65. Julia Brownley

66. Mark Pocan

67. Yvette D. Clarke

68. Janice Hahn

69. Grace F. Napolitano

70. Alan Lowenthal

71. William L. Enyart

72. John Garamendi

73. David Cicilline

74. Carol Shea-Porter

75. Emanuel Cleaver

76. Beto O'rourke

77. Theodore Deutch

78. Bruce Braley

79. Marc Veasey

80. Michael Doyle

81. Sheila Jackson Lee

82. Peter Welch

83. Albio Sires

84. Chaka Fattah

85. Ed Perlmutter

86. Chellie Pingree

87. Diana Degette

88. Steven A. Horsford

89. Raul Ruiz

90. Frederica S. Wilson

91. Bennie G. Thompson

92. Derek Kilmer

93. Jackie Speier

94. Linda T. Sánchez

95. Loretta Sanchez

96. Frank Pallone, Jr

97. Earl Blumenauer

98. James Langevin

99. Niki Tsongas

100. Dina Titus

101. Tony Cárdenas

102. Gregorio Sablan

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