Meet Denise. She’s one of 150 H-2B guestworkers from Jamaica who was leased out by a Florida contractor to clean luxury condos for Republican political donors.
Denise and her fellow workers faced brutal housing conditions, zero-dollar checks, and written threats that they would be deported by immigration police in retaliation for speaking out against the abuse.
Meanwhile, the companies that were profiting from the workers’ labor donated $174,000 to prominent politicians — including some of the very Republicans blocking immigration reform.
“I felt like I was under bondage,” Denise said. “With the threats, we didn’t know where to turn.”
But Denise and her fellow workers refused to be silent. They joined the NGA and came forward to expose the abuse. They won a breakthrough pledge by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) not to collude with the employer in deporting the workers.
The workers are now calling on those politicians to reject the dirty money and stand against the abuse of immigrant workers—starting with U.S. Representatives Jeff Miller (FL-1) and Steve Southerland (FL-2), in whose districts the abuse took place.
Tell the politicians: Give back the profits from guestworker abuse, and support immigration reform with strong worker politicians!