Like most immigrants, Filipinos were forced to leave their home country because of lack of job opportunities. Working in the US for as little as a few weeks to as long as 15 years or more, Filipino workers, especially domestic workers, become part of the foundation of the US economy by working in private homes and enabling American workers to leave their households to seek work in the public sphere. Many workers, despite having come into the US with legal status, often find their immigration status expiring, with no opportunity to renew, or become trapped by fraudulent labor schemes and manipulation with false promises of adjustment to keep the worker in exploitative work conditions.
Though their labor is already a foundational part of the US economy, the wages and working conditions of these workers are driven down because of status, their workplaces often coercive environments with threats of deportation and other forms of retaliation when workers assert their rights. Meanwhile, im/migrant workers are driven further into the shadows by policies like S-COMM, directly linking local police with federal immigration authorities, causing im/migrants to fear any interaction with or reporting of crimes to the police.
As a member of Queens-based Immigrant Communities in Action, Damayan stands with the larger immigration movement to demand the following:
- Immediate Legalization
- End the Human and Civil Rights Crisis at the Border
- Full Worker Rights for Immigrants
- End Deportations, Detentions and Family Separation
- Family Reunification Now
- No to Exploitative Guest Worker Programs