3 Shocking Examples of Guest-Worker Abuses

March 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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By  (@tedhesson)  Univision  March 20, 2013

 Republicans and business interests want to make sure that any immigration reform bill includes a way for lesser-skilled workers to enter the country legally.

Crafting such a system, however, is tricky. Guest-worker programs have a history of labor abuses, and any new program will need to offer guarantees to combat those worries among organized labor and Democratic lawmakers.

So far, business and labor interests, represented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO, have come to a basic agreement on a new visa for lesser-skilled workers. Both sides have stressed that the proposed visa wouldn’t amount to another guest-worker program, since it would offer an eventual route to permanent legal status.

To see why guest worker programs have a bad reputation among labor groups, here are three examples of standout abuses:

1. The Bracero Program Read more

Border Crossing Deaths More Common As Illegal Immigration Declines

August 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Caolina Moreno, HuffPost Latino Voices  Updated: 08/17/2012 5:03 pm

The number of people attempting to illegally cross the U.S-Mexico border has plummeted, but the number of migrants dying during the trek through the mostly desert region has not.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues its efforts to secure the border and prevent deaths in the area, Border Patrol officials said. But, while the number of border crossings has declined dramatically in the last five years, the number of deaths has not decreased at the same pace. Human rights organizations attribute the problem to the increased militarization Read more

Obama’s Tepid and Temporary Immigration “Reform”

June 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Huffungton Post   Posted: 06/18/2012  7:06 am

“The sad situation that so many unauthorized children face, being born in another country but raised American, can only be permanently resolved with immigration reform that vastly diminishes the government’s role in regulating, limiting, and controlling immigration.”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just released a memo outlining a temporary relaxation in prosecutorial discretion to  allow unauthorized immigrants who came here when they were under the age of 16, to  get a temporary two year  (possibly renewable) work visa. Read more