By D. Taylor, via the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
"Recently it was my honor to be elected to CLINIC’s Board of Directors. CLINIC has been providing a life-saving service to immigrants across the country since 1988. Many of the 300,000 members of the union I serve are themselves immigrants, and many have been helped by CLINIC’s important work. So in this Labor Day reflection I’d like to focus on the reality of immigrant workers and what they face every day."
According to the Migration Policy Institute, immigrant workers make up about 14.7% of the overall U.S. workforce. It is estimated that by 2030 between a third and a half of the U.S. workforce will be made up of immigrants. This growth is most notable in the leisure, hospitality and service industries with which I am most familiar. These workers are hardworking people who just want the opportunity to provide for their families.