iOS app Android app

Guest Workers

'I Don't Owe People Who Are Here Illegally Anything'

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The headline is a quote from Republican Rep. Ken Buck, making us proud just hours before he was sworn in today as a U.S. Representative from Colorado.

PHOTOS: Behind The Scenes Of Migrant Work

Posted 01.25.2014 | World

For those lucky enough to live with or in proximity to their loved ones, it may be hard to remember that many in the world are not afforded the same l...

Dave Jamieson

How Tech Workers Got Hosed In The Senate Immigration Deal | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Of the many agreements struck in the Senate immigration bill passed Thursday, one of the most critical came courtesy of two long-standin...

Dave Jamieson

Senator Sounds Alarm On Teen Unemployment | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Senate hammers out a final immigration package, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has proposed a handful of amendments aimed at reining...

Why U.S. Workers Need Guest Worker Whistleblowers

Saket Soni | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Saket Soni

When employers can get away with exploiting guest workers, it drives down wages and conditions for all by forcing U.S. workers into a race to the bottom.

Senate Immigration Bill Lurches to the Right

Alex Nowrasteh | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Alex Nowrasteh

E-Verify is in theory supposed to keep unlawful immigrants out of the labor market. But in reality, not only will it fail to keep people out, it will also hinder job creation with expensive new regulations.

Immigration Reform: Stand Down IT, Lobbyists!

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

For all the numbers bouncing around the immigration reform debate, the most relevant number is 27 percent. That's the share of Gov Romney's Latino vote and that's the reason this much needed advance in public policy might just make it over the legislative goal line.

24 Million Reasons to Protect Immigrant Whistleblowers

Saket Soni | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
Saket Soni

When guestworkers can stand up against employer abuse, they help lift the floor for all workers. Wages and conditions are more secure.

A Few Conclusions Missing

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Given such a sobering approach, a reader could be a little disappointed that after saying "a" authors refrained from spelling out many obvious conclusions.

Guestworker Treatment Should Matter To Immigrants and Citizens Alike

Dawson Morton | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Dawson Morton

Guestworkers, as well as Americans who do or would do farm work, lack lobbyists and talking points. But what happens in rural America to guestworkers and displaced American workers is an untold story of wrong that deserves attention.

Dave Jamieson

McDonald's Accused Of Exploiting Student Guest Workers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.06.2013 | Business

A labor group representing foreign guest workers in the U.S. has accused McDonald's franchises near Harrisburg, Penn., of paying student guest workers...

Dave Jamieson

U.S. Work Programs 'Close To Slavery' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Congress looking to make foreign guest worker programs part of its immigration reform package, advocates for low-wage workers said ...

A Great Opportunity for the Land of Opportunity

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

We need sound policies regarding who should enter, live and work in the United States, and on how to carry out these policies. And those policies should reflect the opportunity, equality and other core American values that embody our country's great motto: "E pluribus unum" -- out of many, one.

Dave Jamieson

Unions Push For Visa Caps In Immigration Reform | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As unions and the business lobby meet in talks over immigration reform, the head of the AFL-CIO union federation stressed Thursday that ...

The Economics of Immigration

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Economists are well aware that slowing labor force growth is a factor in slower growth predictions in the future, but faster immigrant flows can improve that outlook. But what about the near term impact of immigrant competition in a job market that's already too weak?

Dave Jamieson

Foreign Workers Exploited In U.S. Jobs | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With immigration policy now a top priority of the Obama administration, advocates for comprehensive reform are urging lawmakers to impro...

Dave Jamieson

Despite 14 Percent Unemployment, GOP Senator Says Construction Companies Can't Find U.S. Workers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a development bound to please business trade groups, senators from both sides of the aisle have voted to block new federal rules that...

Dave Jamieson

Guest Workers Claim They Were Forced To Work 24-Hour Shifts | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.11.2012 | Business

A group of Mexican guest workers at a seafood processing plant in Louisiana have walked off the job and sent a complaint to the U.S. Labor Department,...

Blocking Labor Department Wage Rule Condemns Young Americans to Unemployment

Ross Eisenbrey | Posted 07.23.2012 | Business
Ross Eisenbrey

It is time for Congress to permit a true test of the labor market, a real opportunity for more U.S. workers to hear about and consider taking seafood-processing jobs like crab picking.

On Hostile Ground, America's Guest workers Seek Justice

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Politicians seem to want it both ways: keeping immigrants locked into a brutal underground workforce, while using mass deportation and constant abuse to exclude them from society.

Protecting Guest Workers in the United States

Tiffany Williams | Posted 02.26.2012 | Crime
Tiffany Williams

Workers' rights advocates, alongside anti-human trafficking advocates, have been urging the U.S. government to thoroughly review visa programs that depend on foreign labor contractors in order to minimize the vulnerability of workers to human trafficking and exploitation.

Iowa Compact: A Way Forward on Immigration?

Alex Nowrasteh | Posted 02.15.2012 | Latino Voices
Alex Nowrasteh

With the intellectual weight of Helen Krieble's ideas, a nationwide, pro-immigration movement with conservatives involvement is gaining strength in the states.

Elise Foley

Spanish-Language Ads To Target Mandatory E-Verify | Elise Foley | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Spanish-language ads will target Republican congressmen from California for their support of a federal employment eligibility program ca...

Dave Jamieson

Key Dem Lawmaker Fights Raise For Crab Pickers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- At the end of this month, many of the foreign guest workers employed in low-wage American jobs will be getting a raise, courtesy of a ne...

Dave Jamieson

Disgruntled Hershey Guest Workers Knew What To Expect, Says Non-Profit CEO | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Whatever their expectations were for their big summer in America, hundreds of young students from Eastern Europe and Asia wound up worki...