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Uptick in Worksite Enforcement Hurts US Businesses and Economy

Uptick in Worksite Enforcement Hurts US Businesses and Economy

In its battle against undocumented immigration, the Trump administration appears to be focused on looking tough rather than addressing real problems. Judging from the latest official statistics on the worksite enforcement actions of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency is devoting its resources to capturing large numbers of low-level undocumented workers who are […]

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American Companies Should Be Able to Hire Foreign Seasonal Workers – Trump’s Businesses Do

American Companies Should Be Able to Hire Foreign Seasonal Workers – Trump’s Businesses Do

Kitchens, restaurants, and housekeeping departments in high-end resorts are often staffed with foreign seasonal workers, who arrive into the United States during peak vacation months. American vacation destinations including resorts—which frequently tout costly club memberships—can employ foreign workers through the H-2B visa program if there are not enough Americans to fill the positions. Many American […]

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Delays in the Increase of Seasonal Worker Visas May Prove Too Late for Certain Industries

Delays in the Increase of Seasonal Worker Visas May Prove Too Late for Certain Industries

Failure to get H-2B (seasonal worker) visas approved has put Maryland’s seafood industry in jeopardy. Almost half of the Eastern Shore’s crab houses do not have workers they need to pick the meat as the crab season begins. The government’s inability to meet employers’ growing seasonal labor demands will not only have a detrimental impact […]

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Who Is in and out Under the RAISE Act

Who Is in and out Under the RAISE Act

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act) seeks to dramatically reshape American immigration by favoring youth and a narrow set of skills over family values and diversity. It does so by virtually eliminating all family-based legal immigration categories, except for some immediate relatives. In addition, it eliminates the Diversity Visa, which […]

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Here’s How Immigrant Women Are Essential to Our Labor Force

Here’s How Immigrant Women Are Essential to Our Labor Force

International Women’s Day is an appropriate time to take stock of the many ways in which immigrant women contribute to the labor force of the United States. Some of these contributions are often overlooked, but all of the work that immigrant women do adds value to the economy—and to U.S. society as well. Immigrant women […]

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New Study Shows the Multiple Forms of Skilled Immigrant Labor

Written by on November 28, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Economics, Low Wage with 0 Comments
New Study Shows the Multiple Forms of Skilled Immigrant Labor

It is well known that immigrants make enormous contributions to the U.S. economy as workers, consumers, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs. As part of the labor force, immigrants are employed in a wide range of industries but tend to be concentrated in some occupations at both ends of the occupational spectrum. At the “lower end” of the […]

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Immigration a Boon to U.S. Economy Finds National Panel of Experts

Immigration a Boon to U.S. Economy Finds National Panel of Experts

Immigrants and their descendants make valuable contributions to the U.S. economy, according to a new report just released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine entitled, The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration. The exhaustive report is written by a nationally recognized panel of experts. It takes a comprehensive look at the fiscal […]

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Eliminating the Black Market for Labor Between the U.S. and Mexico

Written by on September 13, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Low Wage with 0 Comments
Eliminating the Black Market for Labor Between the U.S. and Mexico

Despite its 3,000 mile border and long shared history, the U.S. and Mexico do not currently have a bilateral agreement to regulate the flow of “lower-skilled” labor. Yet, as has long been the case, a significant share of laborers working in the U.S. are unauthorized immigrants from Mexico. In the event that a legislative debate […]

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What You Need to Know About the Temporary Worker Bill Introduced by Senator Flake

What You Need to Know About the Temporary Worker Bill Introduced by Senator Flake

Last week, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Willing Workers and Willing Employers Act of 2016, which would establish a 10-year guest worker pilot program. According to Flake, the bill offers new thinking on how to bridge the gap between existing temporary worker programs for seasonal workers and the H-1B program for highly-skilled immigrants. Flake’s […]

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How Inaction on Immigration Impacts the Agricultural Economy

Written by on April 1, 2015 in Economics, Low Wage with 1 Comment
How Inaction on Immigration Impacts the Agricultural Economy

Due to its geographic diversity and natural resource abundance, the United States is one of the world’s leading agricultural producers and suppliers. Indeed, the $374 billion U.S. agriculture sector is critical to the U.S. economy, but its health depends on a functioning immigration system. From migrant workers on farms, to foreign-born scientists at agribusiness and […]

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