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The American Dream Up for Sale: A Blueprint for Ending International Labor Recruitment Abuse

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As the immigration debate took shape on Capitol Hill in 2013, a huge piece of the legislative discussion undoubtedly surrounded the rights of immigrant workers. On the heels of new immigration principles released by both the Senate and the White House this week, the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM), Farmworker Justice, Justice in Motion (formerly  Global Workers Justice Alliance), National Guestworker Alliance, Southern Poverty Law Center, and a diverse group of other international and national organizations have brought to light a new report released by the International Labor Recruitment Working Group (ILRWG), which identifies the shortcomings and gaps in the current regulatory and enforcement framework governing immigrant worker programs. The report documents the pervasive abuses experienced by immigrant workers in a range of low to high skilled fields and further provides important recommendations for reform.

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