Read about how the landscape of American employment is being dramatically altered by an expanding system of guestworker visas issued to hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, in the report Visas, Inc: Corporate Control and Policy Incoherence in the U.S. Temporary Foreign Labor System, presented by Global Workers Justice Alliance. Visas, Inc provides the first comprehensive analysis of the many visas that employers use and misuse to bring foreign workers into the U.S. in every field, from low-wage jobs in agriculture and domestic work, to specialty occupations in health care, education or information technology. The system is vulnerable to misuse by employers who use foreign labor to undermine established wages and working conditions in the U.S. The result is that U.S. workers are losing out on opportunities, and foreign workers have almost no protection from exploitation, unpaid wages, unsafe conditions and even trafficking and other abuses.
Global Workers Justice Alliance combats worker exploitation by promoting portable justice for transnational migrants through a cross-border network of advocates and resources. The primary author of Visas, Inc is Ashwini Sukthankar, international labor rights researcher and advocate, who conducted research for the report in some of the countries that send workers to different U.S. industries: Mexico, China, India, Philippines, Jamaica and Guatemala.