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Labor and Immigrant Rights

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It prohibited immigration of Chinese laborers, and proponents of the act wanted it to expand to include other immigrant workers. At the time, many unions feared that new waves of immigrants would threaten job prospects for US citizens during economically turbulent times. The AFL supported this act and passed resolutions in favor of literacy test for immigrant laborers.
Undocumented workers are covered by the NLRA and have the same workplace rights as documented workers performing the same jobs. However, the power dynamic between employers and undocumented workers creates an environment of intimidation where workers are unlikely to raise concerns about safety and harassment because they fear being fired and deported. Labor unions are using arbitration and collective bargaining to try to improve the lives of undocumented and documented workers alike.