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Deliberation Materials: Migration

In our democracy, should legal foreign workers have the same labor rights as citizens?

In June 2008, a dozen workers from India went on a four-week hunger strike in Washington, DC. They claimed that their employer had abused them and hundreds of other Indian workers. They said the company-provided housing was unclean, that the company paid, low wages, and that it even threatened some workers. The workers said the company promised they could become permanent residents of the United States of America. Instead, they became temporary workers. They did not have the same rights as citizens or permanent residents. Eventually, the workers filed a lawsuit against the company.