By Shannon Gleeson
In Conflicting Commitments, Shannon Gleeson is going past the controversy over federal immigration coverage to envision the advanced terrain of immigrant employee rights. Federal legislation calls for that uncomplicated exertions criteria follow to all employees, but this precept clashes with more and more restrictive immigration legislation and creates a complicated bureaucratic terrain for neighborhood policymakers and exertions advocates. Gleeson examines this factor in of the biggest immigrant gateways within the state: San Jose, California, and Houston, Texas.
Conflicting Commitments unearths towns with very various ways to addressing the exploitation of immigrant workers―both concerning the strategic coordination of a number bureaucratic agents, yet in strikingly other ways. Drawing at the actual lifestyles debts of normal employees, federal, nation, and native executive officers, group organizers, and consular employees, Gleeson argues that neighborhood political contexts topic for safeguarding undocumented employees particularly. delivering a wealthy description of the bureaucratic minefields of work legislation, and the explosive politics of immigrant rights, Gleeson exhibits how the teachings discovered from San Jose and Houston can tell versions for upholding exertions and human rights within the United States.
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This delicate dance is also evident in civil society, where actions are theoretically governed by organizational membership and not the government. Even the member base of unions that represent immigrant-dense sectors can be diverse, and framing the issue of worker rights strategically has the potential to draw in a broader base of coalition members. 12 Even recent challenges to the notorious Social Security “no-match letters” have adopted a broad frame. Advocates contended that notices sent by the Social Security Administration that alerted employers when information provided in hiring documents did not match SSA records would impact native-born and legal immigrants alike.
Similarly, the policies of local governments and the posture local elected officials adopt toward immigrant communities often elide the direct issue I mmigrant Labor in the U nited States 19 of immigration status. 11 Even punitive programs such as 287(g) are publicly rationalized as targeting only a very narrow group of residents for their inquiries into immigration status (though their effect can be widespread and chilling in practice). During election season, it is also rare that elected officials can safely flaunt their advocacy for immigrant communities without making a simultaneous statement in support of enforcing existing immigration laws.
Chapter 2 shifts away from a discussion of rights on the books to an assessment of how bureaucrats incorporate immigrant workers into their I mmigrant Labor in the U nited States 27 mission, drawing on interviews with the staff at the helm of labor standards enforcement agencies (LSEAs) in San Jose and Houston. I begin with a close examination of the aftershocks of the 2002 Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board Supreme Court decision and the legislative and regulatory responses handed down in California and Texas.