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posted Friday, August 28, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 35
Hotel workers protest '$500,000 Green Card' program
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Hotel workers protest '$500,000 Green Card' program

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle hotel workers joined their counterparts in other U.S. cities to protest what they call the '$500,000 Green Card' program.

August 25 was a national day of action against reauthorization of the EB-5 program, which allows foreign investors to buy priority treatment when it comes to legal residence in the United States.

The EB-5 regional center program allows investors to put $500,000 into a hotel development or other new business and obtain expedited green cards for themselves and their families.

Each investment is required to generate at least 10 jobs, but hotel workers worry that reported job creation will be undermined by significant loopholes in the program.

The Seattle protest took place at the offices of Yareton Investment Funds, an investor with two EB-5 hotel developments underway.

After a brief rally, a group of Seattle hospitality workers with UNITE HERE, the hospitality industry union, entered the Yareton office to speak with the developer about his plans for creating hotel jobs in the region.

Although the office is listed as the regional center office on correspondence with State and Federal regulators, the workers found it was vacant.

EB-5 has been a popular source of cheap financing for hotel projects in the Seattle area, with hotels proposed or under development in downtown Seattle, SeaTac, Tukwila, Des Moines, Tacoma, Point Ruston, Renton and Everett.

'I see that there are lots of new hotels getting built in Seattle,' said Westin housekeeper Nith Lewis, who came to the U.S. in 1981 as a refugee from Laos. 'But what I didn't know was how some of those new hotels are getting paid for. When I heard about the EB-5 program, I couldn't believe it. Do people know this is going on?'

According to a 2012 study by Puget Sound Sage, 58% of hotel workers in Seattle are foreign-born. Sage also found that workers in back-of-the-house positions - positions predominantly held by foreign-born workers and people of color - had median annual earnings of just $21,000.

'This is a real injustice, and it's an injustice particularly felt by the hundreds of thousands of immigrants working in the hospitality industry, some of whom will now be employed in hotels built through EB-5,' said UNITE HERE Local 8 spokesperson Abby Lawlor.

The EB-5 reauthorization is reportedly one of the few pieces of immigration legislation likely to get through Congress in this session. In the meantime, an estimated 11-13 million immigrants have to pathway to legal status or citizenship.

Protests also took place near EB-5 projects in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.

UNITE HERE Local 8 represents 5,000 hotel, restaurant, food service, and airport workers in the Pacific Northwest.

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