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Message from Interfaith Worker Justice

Posted on 21 July 2005 by admin

“Safety” Meeting Becomes a Sting Operation

Join Interfaith Worker Justice
To Protest Last Week’s Sting Operation In Goldsboro, NC

Last week immigrant workers gathered to attend mandatory safety training they thought was being held by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It turned out to be a sting operation by the Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Click here to send a letter of protest to the immigration bureau with copies to your legislators.

After serving coffee and doughnuts, an official announced that he had bad news — the immigration office had called the meeting, not OSHA, and immigration agents filled the room.

Forty-eight workers, hired by subcontractors at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina, were arrested on charges that they were illegal immigrants. At least one person was later released upon proof of citizenship.

OSHA had no knowledge of the Immigration Bureau’s plans. It has protested the Bureau’s misuse of its name and reputation.

The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement claimed it was protecting us from terrorism and that “ruses” are part of its standard way of operating.

Interfaith Worker Justice is outraged! It has requested a meeting with ICE, is mobilizing its affiliate groups to contact local ICE officials and is organizing outreach to national media outlets.

Click here to make a donation in support of IWJ’s work to protest this action.

At a time when workplace safety is a critical issue for millions of low-wage workers, this action:

Undermines OSHA’s ability to do its job to protect workers
Undercuts religious and community efforts to encourage immigrant workers to file complaints about workplace problems with appropriate government agencies
Destroys partnerships between the Department of Labor and faith-based and community organizations around the country
Violates the spirit of the nation’s labor laws, which protect the rights of all workers – regardless of immigration status– by guaranteeing freedom of association, collective negotiation, fair wages for work performed, safe working conditions and adequate compensation
Let ICE and your elected officials know that you oppose this type of activity. Click here to send a letter of protest to the immigration bureau with copies to your legislators.

Help Interfaith Worker Justice respond to this latest affront to workers’ rights. Click here to make a donation on our secure website.

In peace and justice,

Kim Bobo
Executive Director

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