As businesses and research institutions resume normal service, the most vulnerable members of our communities, from the day workers at the Center to Stanford’s sub-contracted janitorial staff, are the first to be left behind, and the last to be included in recovery plans. With our voices, donations, and votes, we must continue to stand in solidarity with workers, to amplify their demands for economic and health protections, to help make their labor visible even as it is pushed to the sidelines.
Recent immigration policy changes have exposed Bechtel's structural limitations. Now, more than ever, Stanford University needs to empower Bechtel to support its noncitizen students and prepare for future immigration changes. We propose four areas of reform.