Immigrant Workers and the Thirteenth Amendment

19 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2007

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Maria Linda Ontiveros

University of San Francisco - School of Law

Date Written: June 2007


This chapter examines the treatment of immigrant workers through the lens of the Thirteenth Amendment. It examines how the intersection of labor and immigration laws impact immigrant workers in general, “guest workers" and undocumented immigrants. It argues that immigrant workers can be seen as a caste of nonwhite workers laboring beneath the floor for free labor in ways which violate the Thirteenth Amendment. Further, it suggests ways in which immigrant workers can use the Thirteenth Amendment to improve their situation and offers an analysis of how the Thirteenth Amendment can form a bridge for organizing between labor, civil rights, immigration rights and human rights groups.

Keywords: Thirteenth Amendment, Immigrant Workers, Labor, Constitution, Immigration

Suggested Citation

Ontiveros, Maria Linda, Immigrant Workers and the Thirteenth Amendment (June 2007). Available at SSRN: or

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