A Powerful 1st Person Account of the Issues at the Border from USF Law Professor Bill Ong Hing and ILRC

You may have read any number of stories recently about the conditions at Border Patrol immigrant youth detention centers. I was there and you need to know what I saw. I don’t often reach out to you directly, but I felt that it was important for you to understand what is happening in the name of border protection. As a part of a recent Flores* inspection team, I was allowed to interview immigrant youth detained at a border patrol processing facility in Clint, Texas. After three days of detailed conversations with many detainees, I left feeling disgusted and appalled.

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5 Reasons the CA Legislature Must Say Yes on AB 5

In last April’s landmark, unanimous California Supreme Court ruling in the Dynamex case, the court delivered one of the most pro-worker decisions in decades, enshrining a simple A-B-C test that employers must comply with to designate workers as “independent contractors.” The ruling was made necessary by the growing trend of corporations calling workers contractors just so they wouldn’t be on the hook to provide basic protections like unemployment insurance or workers’ compensation. This scheme has workers across many industries living on the edge and is costing taxpayers billions each year.

In response to the ruling, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez introduced AB 5, a bill that would codify this important decision into law and clarify it to provide certainty to employers and workers alike.

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