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Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston

Shannon Gleeson


This book goes beyond the debate over federal immigration policy to examine the complicated terrain of immigrant worker rights. Federal law requires that basic labor standards apply to all workers, yet this principle clashes with increasingly restrictive immigration laws and creates a confusing bureaucratic terrain for local policymakers and labor advocates. The book examines this issue in two of the largest immigrant gateways in the country: San Jose, California, and Houston, Texas. The book reveals two cities with very different approaches to addressing the exploitation of immigrant workers— ... More

Keywords: immigration policy, immigrant worker rights, labor rights, immigration laws, immigrant gateway, immigrant worker, exploitation, human rights, labor law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451218
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451218.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shannon Gleeson, author
Associate Professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University