Indian guest workers who say they were trafficked to the post-Katrina Gulf Coast have launched a hunger strike to stay in the United States. Arnoldo Garcia, director of the Immigrant Justice and Rights Program at the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, narrates their tale of woe in a New America Media commentary.
New America Media , Commentary, Arnoldo Garcia, Posted: Jun 12, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 11, hundreds of workers from India who were trafficked to the post-Katrina Gulf Coast held a rally outside of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. They demanded that the Attorney General grant them "continued presence" in the United States under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The workers were brought here in 2006 with H2B visas, a U.S. guest worker program, but faced threats and abuse in the United States.
Communities and organizations around the country held various local events and actions on that day to support the Indian workers' demands and challenge the use of guest worker programs. MORE