At the Consortium for Worker Education, supporting workers and protecting immigrants are not at odds; they are part
of the same mission. Increased deportations and raids are instilling fear in immigrant communities and those who serve New York’s workers must act.
Recent events show what is at stake. Earlier this year, CWE partnered with Workers United on English classes for the union’s immigrant members. Early class sessions saw low attendance, as immigrants feared leaving their homes to get services.
“If we fail to act to protect workers as immigrants, we will never be able to protect and support them as workers,” says Joe McDermott, Executive Director of the Consortium for Worker Education. “New York has some of the strongest organizations serving immigrants
in the country, so we are partnering with them to make those services available to all our partners, and their immigrant members.”
In the coming weeks and months, Make the Road New York (MRNY) will provide a series of trainings for CWE partner unions and community organizations. The “train the trainer” series will prepare those organizations to train their own members for encounters with
immigration authorities. Organizations will also learn how to respond to raids and proactively protect immigrant members.