We do need immigration reform, not because they’re stealing our jobs, but because they’re being exploited by bosses all-too-happy to have an underpaid, captive workforce with visas “owned” by employers instead of the workers themselves.
H-2A workers reach the States bound to a single employer here and often heavily indebted to a contractor in their home country.
The set-up practically predetermines abuse. Should employers renege on promised work and/or wages, H-2A recipients can’t shop their services around. Walking away from egregious conditions means voiding the contract and inviting arrest and deportation. Even if these so-called guest workers possess the resources to seek legal redress, the involvement of middlemen insulates employers, who can always point the finger at labor contractors.
Want to know who likes the so-called guest-worker visa the way it is? Guess. Did you guess?
President Donald J. Trump’s various business holdings have secured at least 1,256 guest-worker visas—most for Mar-a-Lago—over the past 15 years.
Both quotes from:
“The High Cost of Cheap Labor” by Brian Barth, in Modern Farmer.
A little more on Trump’s (and the defeated Puzder’s) relationship with H-2 specifically, at Buzzfeed.
Eric’s in on it too. Filed for more H-2s for the Trump Winery last week, about the same time all the (disgustingly self-owned) “illegals” were getting the boot.