Immigrant Worker Rights
Make the Road New York
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About this PSA

Make the Road New York is highlighting a recently announced policy, that offers a temporary but important protection for vulnerable workers, in a new PSA. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced a new process that permits workers who are involved in labor investigations to petition for deferred action and ultimately a temporary work authorization. Deferred action is a discretionary decision made by the federal government that permits certain persons who are undocumented to stay in the country and work legally for a designated period. Deferred action does not confer legal status to individuals rather it reflects DHS’ intention to avoid deportation of those persons for a period of time. To learn more, visit

About the Organization

Make the Road New York builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice. With over 27,000 members across New York, their model integrates four core strategies for concrete change: Legal and survival services to tackle discrimination, abuse and poverty; transformative education to develop community members’ abilities to lead the organization, the movement, and society; community organizing to transform the systems and power structures impacting our communities; and policy innovation to rewrite unjust rules and make our democracy truly accountable to all of us.