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March 2011 News Releases & Statements


U.S. Depts. of Labor & Homeland Security Issue New Enforcement MOU

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security today published a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the departments to better protect the rights of immigrant workers while on the job.  The agreement, which had not been updated since 1998, represents an initial step to minimize retaliation against immigrant workers.  Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.


Fired D.C. Chipotle Workers Fight Back

Flanked by community members, advocates, and D.C. Council members, victims of Chipotle’s Washington-area mass firings gathered to denounce the burrito chain’s disregard for recently terminated workers who had dedicated years of service to the company.  The immigrant men and women were terminated without notice, ostensibly due to discrepancies in their work authorization documents.  The workers handed Chipotle management a letter requesting that the company provide them with two weeks’ wages, the amount of time they should have received to correct their paperwork.