U-Visa Protections for Immigrant Workers: A Backgrounder

Source: Greg Baltz, OnLabor blog, July 8, 2014

In the last decade, labor protections for undocumented immigrant workers have come under attack. In its 2002 Hoffman Plastics decision, the Supreme Court found that undocumented workers fired in retaliation for engaging in mutual aid and protection and in violation of the National Labor Relations Act are not entitled to back pay. In the wake of Hoffman Plastics, immigrant workers’ rights activists have explored avenues outside of the National Labor Relations Act to expand protections for undocumented workers. One such route is to win undocumented workers protections by adjusting their immigration status through U-visas….