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Postville, Indian Guest Workers: Victims of Abuse treated like Criminals

Yesterday, New American Media posted an article that sheds some light on how the government is shifting their immigration policy towards and criminalizing immigrants.

Historically, immigrants who are victims of abuse or trafficking have been granted protective visas by the government – a policy that reflects the compassion and humanity our country was founded upon. However, amidst the current trend of fear and criminalization of immigrants, that compassion and humanity has been all but forgotten…

The article is lengthy, but well worth the read – click here to read the full post.


Action: Sign the Petition Demanding Justice for Indian Guest Workers

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Betrayed Indian Guest Workers Continue their Fight

Click here to read the NYTimes article about the continued Hunger Strike of Indian Guest Workers who were betrayed by Signal International.

Since May 14, 5 of the 16 workers who participated in the hunger strike have been hospitalized. Mr. Konar fasted the longest, taking no food for 23 days until Thursday, when he was hospitalized with abdominal pain. He was released in the evening.

The Indian workers, among 100 or so who left their jobs in March, were taken to Signal shipyards in Pascagoula and in Orange, Tex., in late 2006 and early 2007. They said they lived in sweltering labor camps, crowded 24 workers to a room, under curfew and restricted from leaving the yards, with $1,050 a month deducted from their paychecks for their upkeep.

They said they learned only after they were here that they would not receive visas, known as green cards, to remain in this country. In March, the workers brought a federal lawsuit against Signal and the recruiters, claiming they were defrauded and exploited.

Hunger Strike Update: Groups Demand Justice for Guestworkers

Across the country, immigrant rights, human rights and labor rights groups are demanding justice for the Indian guest workers forced into slave labor conditions by Signal International in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Coalición de Derechos Humanos and the South Asian Network are among the voices calling on the U.S. Congress and State Legislatures to immediately stop the expansion of guest worker programs and investigate the slave labors conditions which employers routinely impose on immigrant workers.

“Instead of continuing to blindly support guest worker programs, members of Congress and state legislators from both political parties have a responsibility to hear directly from the experts on this issue — the Signal hunger strikers and the hundreds of thousands of other guest workers who have survived incredible brutality on the job,”

Additionally, Signal International is a sub-contractor of Northrop Grumman, who has profited from lucrative contracts with the Department of Homeland Security and a multi-billion dollar deal with the government to privatize border enforcement operations.

“Be it here in Tucson, or on the Gulf Coast, or in Iraq, U.S. policy on guest worker programs, immigration and military intervention are allowing these corporations to make billions of dollars off of human suffering.”