What Does the Future Hold for Immigrant Workers and their Families?

Thursday, March 16, 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
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As immigration policy becomes increasingly challenging and dynamic, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) is pleased to assume responsibility for the monthly policy calls that Geri Mannion of the Carnegie Corporation of New York has organized for the past few years. Held on the third Thursday of every month, these calls provide an update on timely policy issues affecting immigrants and refugees—with an in-depth look at a topic that is particularly relevant or pressing for philanthropy. 

Immigrants fill essential roles at every level of the U.S. economy, from corporate suites to construction sites. While concentrated in low-wage sectors, newcomers—particularly those without legal status—have been indispensable to the success of major industries, including agriculture, hospitality, and food service. Despite immigrants’ significant contributions, the current administration has signed executive orders and put in place policies and procedures that have not only disrupted the lives of these laborers and their families but threaten to uproot them entirely from their homes and communities.

This one-hour call will examine the impact of the administration’s policies on low-wage immigrant workers and the role of employers, labor unions, and community-based groups, such as worker centers, in helping to protect their basic rights. At the beginning of the call, Kerri Talbot, Partner at The VENG Group, will also provide a general policy update.

Please register by 5:00pm PST on March 15. Calls are open to GCIR members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of funder affinity groups and regional associations of grantmakers.