Monthly Immigration Policy Calls: What Does the Future Hold for Immigrant Workers and their Families?
- Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
- Funders' Committee for Civic Participation
- Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce
- Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington
- International Human Rights Funders Group
- National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
- Neighborhood Funders Group
- Peace and Security Funders Group
- Philanthropy New York
- Northern California Grantmakers
- San Diego Grantmakers
- Workforce Matters
Immigrants fill essential roles at every level of the U.S. economy, from corporate suites to construction sites. While concentrated in low-wage sectors, newcomers—particularly those without legal status—have been indispensable to the success of major industries, including agriculture, hospitality, and food service. Despite immigrants’ significant contributions, the current administration has signed executive orders and put in place policies and procedures that have not only disrupted the lives of these laborers and their families but threaten to uproot them entirely from their homes and communities.
This one-hour call will examine the impact of the administration’s policies on low-wage immigrant workers and the role of employers, labor unions, and community-based groups, such as worker centers, in helping to protect their basic rights. At the beginning of the call, Kerri Talbot, Partner at The VENG Group, will also provide a general policy update.
- Kerri Talbot, Partner, The VENG Group
- Haeyoung Yoon, Director of Strategic Partnerships, National Employment Law Project
- Roger Bairstow, Director, HR and Corporate Responsibility, Broetje Orchards
- Neidi Dominguez, Director of Worker Centers and Deputy Director of Community Engagement, AFL-CIO
- Aryah Somers Landsberger, Director of Programs, GCIR (moderator)
This program has passed. Please contact Stephanie Martinez for notes from this call.
- The Impact of Immigrant Women on America's Labor Force, American Immigration Council, March 8, 2017.
- Economic and Tax Contributions of Undocumented Immigrants in NY, Fiscal Policy Institute, March 2, 2017.
- Undocumented Immigrants' State & Local Tax Contributions, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), March 1, 2017.
- Blog Post: Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes, ITEP, March 2, 2017.
- The Economic Impacts of Removing Unauthorized Immigrant Workers: An Industry- and State-Level Analysis, Center for American Progress (CAP), September 21, 2016.
- Data: Removing Unauthorized Workers Harms States and Industries Across the Country, CAP, September 21, 2016.
Opinion and Advocacy
- 112 CEOs from Illinois, Florida and Colorado Back Bridge Act, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, undated.
- Local CEOs fight Trump's immigration plan, Chicago Tribune, January 20, 2017.
- Chicago business leaders: Our economy needs immigrants, John Atkinson, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, January 12, 2017.
- Workers Turn Down Back Pay, Said to Fear Deportation, Bureau of National Affairs, Bloomberg, March 7, 2017.
Resources for Workers
- Your Rights as an Immigrant Worker, National Immigration Law Center, March 2016.
- Portal: Workers' Rights, National Immigration Law Center.
- America; I Too, The Coalition for Human Rights of Los Angeles
Monthly Immigration Policy Calls
As immigration policy becomes increasingly challenging and dynamic, GCIR is pleased to assume responsibility for the monthly policy calls that Geri Mannion of the Carnegie Corporation of New York has organized for the past few years. Held on the third Thursday of every month, these calls provide an update on timely policy issues affecting immigrants and refugees—with an in-depth look at a topic that is particularly relevant or pressing for philanthropy. At critical junctures, we will also produce written policy updates and resource materials to deepen funders’ understanding of key developments and their implications for philanthropy. Please contact Aryah Somers Landsberger, director of programs, with your suggestions on topics, speakers, and resources to share.
A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.
Posted February 9, 2017 • Revised March 17, 2017