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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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How the Immigration Reform Bill Could Help Undocumented Farmworkers and Growers

How the Immigration Reform Bill Could Help Undocumented Farmworkers and Growers

Approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants could become eligible for legal status under S. 744, the immigration reform bill the Senate is considering, including millions of undocumented farmworkers.  The importance of finding a way to create a legal workforce within the agriculture industry is critical, as undocumented farmworkers make up an estimated 53 percent of agriculture […]

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The W Visa: Why the Economy Benefits from A Robust New Worker Program

The W Visa: Why the Economy Benefits from A Robust New Worker Program

The Senate Judiciary Committee returns to its task of marking up S. 744 tomorrow, taking up, among other things, possible amendments to the W visa program for new nonimmigrant workers. This new program, blessed by both business and labor, is an effort to acknowledge the need for a more flexible system for meeting the demand […]

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Senate’s Symbolic Bill Rings Opening Bell on Immigration Reform

Written by on January 25, 2013 in Legislation, Low Wage, Reform with 1 Comment
Senate’s Symbolic Bill Rings Opening Bell on Immigration Reform

This week, the White House revealed that President Obama will lay out a proposal for immigration reform at a speech in Nevada next week.  The visit to the home state of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may reflect the strong support Reid and Nevada Latinos have given to Obama. It also follows Senator Reid’s clear […]

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Agriculture Industry Harmed by Restrictive State Immigration Laws

Agriculture Industry Harmed by Restrictive State Immigration Laws

The American agricultural industry is facing billions of dollars in losses due to labor shortages resulting from recent anti-immigrant laws passed in various states around the country.  The American farming industry is heavily dependent on undocumented workers, and according to a recent article in Time Magazine, has had an extremely difficult time replacing those who […]

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