Immigrants and Labor
  • Sep 6, 2021 8:00 pm
  • 14:36 mins

Labor unions have been among the most active supporters of DACA—the program that allows undocumented immigrants to work in the United States if they came to the country as children. But why are labor unions so squarely on the side of undocumented workers when, for most of the last century, unions held the opposite view? Early leaders of the labor movement in America saw foreign-born workers as a direct threat to the jobs of native-born Americans. We get the perspectives of Cornell University labor law expert Shannon Gleeson and Brigham Young University historian Ignacio Garcia.