Mission & Vision
Illegal The Project (ITP) is starting a movement to humanize the conversation around immigrants and their families in the U.S. through advocacy, coalition building, and community engagement in an effort to create a system where both immigrants and employers may thrive.
ITP envisions an America in which immigrants are no longer labeled as criminals and have the opportunities and resources they need to thrive in the U.S. We envision a nation with thriving industries no longer affected by labor shortages where legal and humane guest worker programs are accessible to those who wish to participate in them. And, we envision a system that provides enough opportunities to bring an end to the illegal employment and the exploitation of undocumented workers.
Let's Talk About The Issues
Our country is experiencing an illegal employment epidemic fueled by a lack of blue-collar, domestic workers and functional guest worker programs.
These two factors have created a labor crisis that is negatively impacting our economy and creating fertile ground for illegal employment to grow. Faced with a lack of workers, employers are left with no other option than to hire undocumented labor thereby perpetuating illegal employment and a system that exploits undocumented workers.
Congress should pass legislation that creates functional guest worker programs (that meet the needs of our industries) in tandem with tough enforcement of a revamped E-Verify system (that accurately verifies the legal status of employees).
The Result: Thriving industries and an economy and nation no longer affected by labor shortages, legal and humane guest worker programs, and an end to illegal employment and the exploitation of undocumented workers.
Think Of It This Way...
If you leave an open jar of honey on your kitchen table it is likely to attract a caravan of ants. You can build a wall around it or send an entire army to guard it, but the ants will find a way in... Which poses the question: Would it be more effective to simply take the honey away?
Why is this not a part of the national conversation? Why are the workers we lure into our country criminalized while their employers are not held accountable? Tell our senators that this is not okay!