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Scammed In Laos, Trapped in America

From HawaiiReporter.com, Malia Zimmerman, 16 Nov 2011. Bouala Phommachanh, 55, agreed to leave his wife and five children behind in the fall of 2005 to take a farming job in Hawaii after a recruiter visited his home in the Loas capitol of Vientiane. The Laotian recruiter promised that if Bouala answered the questions correctly at … Continue reading

Reminder: Certain Fees May Not Be Collected From H-2A and H-2B Workers

From USCIS.gov, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, 1 Aug 2011. As the traditional harvest season approaches, USCIS reminds petitioners that certain fees may not be collected from H-2A and H-2B workers, according to 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(h)(5)(xi)(A) and § 214.2(h)(6)(i)(B). We realize that delays in adjudicating these petitions may affect employers’ ability to place … Continue reading

Source of Missing Jobs in America Found: Forced Laborers

From Truth-Out.org, Maryam Al-Zoubi, Campaign for America’s Future | Op-Ed, 21 Jun 2011. With unemployment at a near historic high in the United States, could you imagine any American company bringing in foreign workers to work for them below the minimum wage and with no benefits? Most people would say no. But can you imagine … Continue reading

Paying for a Guest Worker Law Already in Place

From SLTrib.com, The Salt Lake Tribune, “Paying for a guest worker law already in place” by Bruce Goldstein, 14 Apr. 2011. Amidst the debate and controversy surrounding Utah’s new immigration laws, state legislators in Salt Lake City seem to think they’ve created a model for America. They portray their pilot guest worker program as a … Continue reading

Foreign Worker Programs Appear to Lack Oversight: Report Lists Firms Debarred for Violations

From PRNewswire.com, “Foreign Worker Programs Appear to Lack Oversight: Report Lists Firms Debarred for Violations,” by Center for Immigration Studies, 1 Apr 2011. WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies finds high likelihood of missed violations of the rules in major guestworker visa programs and the various employment-based permanent immigrant … Continue reading

The Bad and the Ugly in Utah’s Immigration Alternative

From PeoplesWorld.org, “The Bad and the Ugly in Utah’s Immigration Alternative” by Pepe Lozano, 25 Mar 2011. Last week, Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed a package of immigration bills that has drawn criticism from both sides of the issue. However, given the heated debate, some say the new rules are a step forward. The … Continue reading

Calls Increase for Legal Migrant Worker Program “Fixes”

From SouthwestFarmPress.com, “Calls increase for legal migrant worker program ‘fixes’” by David Bennett, 17 Mar 2011. Calls to streamline migrant worker visa programs increase. Proposal to increase visa length for more than a year is floated. Louisiana employs some 3,000 workers under the H-2B program. It’s definitely hard work, but there are jobs that need to … Continue reading

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