01/20/2017

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Washington, DC — Preceding today's Inauguration ceremonies, two more confirmation hearings underscore the hypocrisy within Trump’s controversial Cabinet picks. Both Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, and head of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney employed immigrant domestic workers within their homes but failed to follow employer rules related to taxes and hiring.

Ironically, Trump and his cabinet nominees have repeatedly called for sharp restrictions on immigration and increased deportations of undocumented immigrants, while benefiting from the labor of the very workers they publicly vilify. This mirrors a common practice among Trump and his billionaire cabinet — of not respecting the labor and humanity of the low-wage workers they employ. Moreover, the controversy around these employment practices further highlight that Trump’s cabinet picks are wholly unfit to carry out the missions of the agencies they seek to lead.

Over two million domestic workers nationwide, a majority of whom are immigrant women and women of color, take care of our country’s children, seniors, people with disabilities, and our homes. The importance of this workforce to the American economy and families is profound.

Ai-jen Poo, Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, said:

“This Administration talked about ‘draining the swamp,’ and then proceeded to nominate unqualified billionaires to the Cabinet. They promised to represent the forgotten worker and then are exposed for treating domestic workers as disposable. They demonize immigrants, pledging mass deportations, meanwhile clearly relying upon immigrant labor in their own homes. It’s a corrupt mess. On Saturday, January 21st, we will be marching in the Women’s March on Washington to remind the administration that we are watching, we are ready to take action, and we are the majority.”

Toni Johnson, immigrant nanny and freelance journalist from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, member of National Domestic Workers Alliance’s We Dream In Black NY.

“I care for children for a living. I’m proud of my work because I am helping to raise the next generation of leaders in this country. In some cases I have been respected and compensated for that important commitment. It’s important work and the families I work for count on me. People like Ross and Mulvaney are harmful for the strides made to give domestic work more dignity. They demean our work and our relationships with the families we support by setting this kind of example. Immigrant women and women of color are part of the foundation of this country, we should not put people in charge who discriminate against us. We deserve better.”

About National Domestic Workers Alliance

The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. Founded in 2007, NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers. It’s won legislation protecting domestic workers’ rights in seven states including New York, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Connecticut, and Illinois. The Alliance is powered by almost 60 affiliate organizations—plus its first local chapter in Atlanta—of over 15,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers for the elderly in 37 cities and 18 states.