Among the many essential workers who have kept America running through the coronavirus pandemic are the nation’s three million farmworkers. In March 2020, the Department of Homeland Security sent many of them certificates to carry on the job, declaring them “essential critical infrastructure workers.” We need you, the agency said. By one estimate, around 70 percent of U.S. farmworkers are undocumented. This puts […]
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The border is not in crisis. The current increase in unaccompanied children and asylum-seekers on the Southern border, rather, is a continuation of a trend that has gone on for more than half a decade, worsened in this case by a range of factors, most significantly two devastating hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic. This has […]
The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the country into an economic recession and an unprecedented restructuring of our work and social lives. Early on, some likened the public health crisis to a blizzard, imagining that people would stay home, cozy up with their romantic partners and make babies. These playful visions have given way to a more […]
U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) reintroduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, H.R. 1537, which creates a workforce solution for America’s agriculture industry by providing stability, predictability, and fairness to one of the most critical sectors of our nation’s economy. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives last year, aims to provide a […]
America’s biggest companies urged Congress on Wednesday to establish a permanent path to citizenship for “Dreamers” — undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. The move comes as President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress look to immigration as one of their next major legislative priorities. In a letter, a coalition of more than […]
Business immigration rules have not been reformed by Congress in more than 30 years. The long backlogs in processing employment-based green cards, also referred to as immigrant visas in this context — particularly for nationals of India and China — have been the focus of intense debate in Congress. Under the current immigration laws, no more […]
Comprehensive immigration reform in the United States has been a challenging issue for decades. Recently, the Biden administration signaled a broad immigration reform bill that included a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people. An official bill was introduced by Democrats in the House and Senate on February 18, but it is difficult to […]